Hors Satan (Outside Satan) Reviews

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August 6, 2019
The implications linger long after the film is over, and while it occasionally seems to be doing more meandering than exploring, Dumont provides us with much to contemplate, a hallmark of any great film.
June 21, 2019
Dumont's oblique style will frustrate many (which it certainly did when it premiered at Cannes), but if you embrace the mystery it makes for one of 2013's most fascinating films.
February 7, 2019
This leisurely piece of acutely philosophical, existential cinema is reminiscent of the works of Tarkovsky, Bergman and Bresson, with Dumont yet again proving himself to be one of the great contemporary auteurs.
November 3, 2018
A tour de force of concentric filmmaking that functions as a searing document on the dichotomy of beauty and savagery at the heart of a bleak French coastal community.
May 14, 2018
A slow-moving yet compelling film.
February 21, 2018
"Hors Satan" is a film about finding moral bearings in a world where the old rules have gone awry, but it's also an opportunity for some vicarious tourism in seductive scenery.
July 26, 2015
A haunting meditation on a controversial way of dealing with religious matters by a healer posing as a holy man, who blurs the line between right and wrong.
April 8, 2014
Dumont's final feature with the late Dewaele is as hypnotic as their collaboration in "Hadewijch," another lucid hallucination splendid with sex, demons and landscapes that could have been painted centuries ago.
August 2, 2013
I find the movie mind-blowing, though it will likely alienate as many viewers as it impresses.
January 30, 2013
God works in strange ways, especially when Bruno Dumont directs him. Or is that the devil?
January 30, 2013
The ambiguity of the episodic story with its sparse dialog, combined with the visually stunning landscape photography, makes "Hors Satan" a compelling, if overly long, composition.
January 24, 2013
"Hors Satan" could be grouped with Carlos Reygadas' "Silent Light" (itself based on Dreyer's "Ordet") and the films of Robert Bresson, but his minimalism makes his meaning more elusive, inviting less emotion than those filmmakers.
January 18, 2013
Controversial yet meditative French drama makes inscrutability its raison d'etre.
January 18, 2013
Maddening, pretentious, hypnotic and transcendent in roughly equal measure.
Top Critic
January 17, 2013
Hors Satan is stark, strange and uncompromisingly personal. It's also vivid and unforgettable.
January 16, 2013
Dumont's rigorous, serious attention to the mysteries of good, evil, and faith rewards those willing to be confounded.
January 15, 2013
Ultimately less an arty provocation than a secular invocation, Outside Satan seems almost helplessly exploratory, an honest account of groping for grace.
January 15, 2013
Provocative French filmmaker Dumont pushes boundaries even further with an astonishing approach to the Christian narrative (the title translates as Outside Satan), mixing the sacred and profane to shake up audiences and get us thinking.
January 14, 2013
Bruno Dumont's employment of his bucolic French backdrop here attends to Hors Satan's muddying spiritual ambiguity.
January 14, 2013
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