Hors Satan (Outside Satan) Reviews

  • Feb 06, 2014

    disorientating,hypnotic,beautifully slow,mysterious and scary. Brilliant on a capful of Benylin.

    disorientating,hypnotic,beautifully slow,mysterious and scary. Brilliant on a capful of Benylin.

  • Aug 25, 2013

    It is a film of minimal technique and the landscape, at least in the first 60 or so minutes of the film, becomes a dominant character that almost dwarfs the human drama that is played out across it. It is a film of intentional moral ambiguity. It has been noted in other reviews of this film that it could be read as an exploration of the duality of Good and Evil and their mutual dependance on one another. Those reviews also correctly point out that this film alludes to common Christian motifs, albeit one maybe informed by an extremely austere Catholicism possibly held by its characters. However, all have to seem to failed to recognize the other allegories to old held beliefs about witchcraft that, in part, derived from abandoned pre-Christian religions. Those religions had a pantheon of divinities that operated with more human motivations and lusts, but, more importantly, where sometimes more intimately communicant with nature and the environments their believers lived within. So, again, with the dominant role the landscape commands throughout the film, it does make one wonder if it was a possible aim as well.

    It is a film of minimal technique and the landscape, at least in the first 60 or so minutes of the film, becomes a dominant character that almost dwarfs the human drama that is played out across it. It is a film of intentional moral ambiguity. It has been noted in other reviews of this film that it could be read as an exploration of the duality of Good and Evil and their mutual dependance on one another. Those reviews also correctly point out that this film alludes to common Christian motifs, albeit one maybe informed by an extremely austere Catholicism possibly held by its characters. However, all have to seem to failed to recognize the other allegories to old held beliefs about witchcraft that, in part, derived from abandoned pre-Christian religions. Those religions had a pantheon of divinities that operated with more human motivations and lusts, but, more importantly, where sometimes more intimately communicant with nature and the environments their believers lived within. So, again, with the dominant role the landscape commands throughout the film, it does make one wonder if it was a possible aim as well.

  • Jul 20, 2013

    Pile of French rubbish

    Pile of French rubbish

  • May 15, 2013

    A stark, meditative and ambiguous study of evil, good old Monsieur Dumont.

    A stark, meditative and ambiguous study of evil, good old Monsieur Dumont.

  • The Movie W Super Reviewer
    Jan 23, 2013

    An enigmatic young man (Dewaele), living in the marshes on the outskirts of a small town, appears to have healing powers. He is befriended by a young goth (Lematre), whose abusive father he shoots dead. As the film progresses, some fall victim to his murderous rampage while others are healed of their ills. Last year Dumont left his comfort zone with 'Hadewijch' a Paris set tale of religious fanaticism. It was his most mainstream work yet, following what was basically a straight narrative. His latest sees him return to his usual milieu of unattractive faces set against the grim backdrop of Northern France. It's self-indulgent garbage, consisting mainly of our protagonists walking across wind-swept fields. As is the norm for modern French cinema, it's filled with violence, though not as graphic as the work of most of Dumont's contemporaries. The movie is not only grim to look at, but rough on the ears too, thanks to Dumont's insistence on naturally recorded sound. Bizarrely, 'Hors Satan' shares a silly sight gag (a character pulled back comically by a wire after being shot) with 'Django Unchained'. It seems Tarantino saw this at Cannes last year.

    An enigmatic young man (Dewaele), living in the marshes on the outskirts of a small town, appears to have healing powers. He is befriended by a young goth (Lematre), whose abusive father he shoots dead. As the film progresses, some fall victim to his murderous rampage while others are healed of their ills. Last year Dumont left his comfort zone with 'Hadewijch' a Paris set tale of religious fanaticism. It was his most mainstream work yet, following what was basically a straight narrative. His latest sees him return to his usual milieu of unattractive faces set against the grim backdrop of Northern France. It's self-indulgent garbage, consisting mainly of our protagonists walking across wind-swept fields. As is the norm for modern French cinema, it's filled with violence, though not as graphic as the work of most of Dumont's contemporaries. The movie is not only grim to look at, but rough on the ears too, thanks to Dumont's insistence on naturally recorded sound. Bizarrely, 'Hors Satan' shares a silly sight gag (a character pulled back comically by a wire after being shot) with 'Django Unchained'. It seems Tarantino saw this at Cannes last year.

  • Jan 06, 2013

    Beautiful and thoughtful.

    Beautiful and thoughtful.

  • Jan 05, 2013

    Little explanation is offered for some very peculiar happenings. No intelligible answers can be found in this, only some very interesting and rarely asked questions.

    Little explanation is offered for some very peculiar happenings. No intelligible answers can be found in this, only some very interesting and rarely asked questions.

  • May 04, 2012

    Ceci n'est pas un film, c'est du cinéma.

    Ceci n'est pas un film, c'est du cinéma.

  • Apr 01, 2012

    In Outside Satan, Bruno Dumont uses his ultra-naturalistic style to explore a story with supernatural elements. It's a tepidly paced film revolving around a loner character who lives in the marsh in the countryside of France. The film dives deep into the examination of good vs. evil and the space in-between which can become muddled and uncertain. Of all of Dumont's films this one has the least amount of reliance on dialogue, opting to submerge the viewer in this mundane and hopeless, yet beautiful countryside. There is no real "story" in this film, but rather a fascinating exploration of themes Loaded with religious allegories, the film seems to ask the question: If our saviour was to come back to earth, would we even know it? and would be we able to differentiate this saviour from the devil? Is there really any major difference? It's a film that will definitely require some time to sink in....

    In Outside Satan, Bruno Dumont uses his ultra-naturalistic style to explore a story with supernatural elements. It's a tepidly paced film revolving around a loner character who lives in the marsh in the countryside of France. The film dives deep into the examination of good vs. evil and the space in-between which can become muddled and uncertain. Of all of Dumont's films this one has the least amount of reliance on dialogue, opting to submerge the viewer in this mundane and hopeless, yet beautiful countryside. There is no real "story" in this film, but rather a fascinating exploration of themes Loaded with religious allegories, the film seems to ask the question: If our saviour was to come back to earth, would we even know it? and would be we able to differentiate this saviour from the devil? Is there really any major difference? It's a film that will definitely require some time to sink in....

  • Apr 01, 2012

    Tenia años que no veía una película francesa tan aburrida, lenta, ilógica, larga (casi 2 horas) mal actuada y con el casting mas feo y amorfo que pudieron conseguir, la protagonista es marimacho, sin emoción, vestida de rockera en un pueblo alejado del mundo, el hombre feo, sucio, asesino y jamas fue inculpado, la única mujer que se desnuda en la película tiene los pelos de la axila mas largos que vi en mi vida, no estudian, no trabajan caminan por el campo sin hacer nada, el hombre asesino y jamas fue inculpado. Ella muere y no dicen la razón de su asesinato, revive solo con la tierra, la verdad creo que o perdí la capacidad de análisis para una película o el que la escribió estaba drogado definitivamente, que embarque

    Tenia años que no veía una película francesa tan aburrida, lenta, ilógica, larga (casi 2 horas) mal actuada y con el casting mas feo y amorfo que pudieron conseguir, la protagonista es marimacho, sin emoción, vestida de rockera en un pueblo alejado del mundo, el hombre feo, sucio, asesino y jamas fue inculpado, la única mujer que se desnuda en la película tiene los pelos de la axila mas largos que vi en mi vida, no estudian, no trabajan caminan por el campo sin hacer nada, el hombre asesino y jamas fue inculpado. Ella muere y no dicen la razón de su asesinato, revive solo con la tierra, la verdad creo que o perdí la capacidad de análisis para una película o el que la escribió estaba drogado definitivamente, que embarque