Li'l Quinquin


Li'l Quinquin (2015)


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French auteur Bruno Dumont, best known for uncompromising and austere dramas, proves with the comedy Li'l Quinquin that he is capable of shifting gears without conceding his signature style. This absurdist, metaphysical murder mystery opens with the discovery of human body parts stuffed inside a cow - a literal bete humaine - on the outskirts of the English Channel in northern France. The bumbling and mumbling Captain Van der Weyden (played by Bernard Pruvost) is assigned to investigate the crime, but he has to contend with a young prankster, the mischievous Quinquin (Alane Delhaye), as he proceeds to investigate the case. Dubbed an "epic farce" by the New York Film Festival, Li'l Quinquin has been compared to Twin Peaks and True Detective. But simply speaking, Li'l Quinquin is "a wonderfully weird and unexpectedly hilarious" (Scott Foundas, Variety) masterwork from one of the most important contemporary French directors. (C)Kino

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Bernard Pruvost
as Captain Van der Weyden
Alane Delhaye
as Quinquin
Lucy Caron
as Eve Terrier
Philippe Jore
as Rudy Carpentier
Philippe Peuvion
as Quinquin's father
Céline Sauvage
as Quinquin's mother
Lisa Hartmann
as Aurélie Terrier
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Critic Reviews for Li'l Quinquin

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (8)

Dumont's supernaturally insoluble crimes are also influenced by Antonioni and Haneke, and his outrageous comic turns have also taken something from the French deadpan comedy specialists Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern.

Jul 9, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Heavyweight French auteur Bruno Dumont demonstrates his gift for deadpan comedy.

Jul 6, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The action seems to rise organically from the locale, and Dumont's grand yet intimate fiction fuses his inner world with the historical moment.

Jan 5, 2015 | Full Review…

We may find ourselves both frustrated and riveted. Something tells me Bruno Dumont wouldn't want it any other way.

Jan 5, 2015 | Full Review…

Saying "P'tit Quinquin" is Dumont's funniest and warmest film doesn't count for much, but could I interest you in one of the sharpest autocritiques in recent memory?

Jan 5, 2015 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

This is not funny stuff, but then Dumont isn't after the sort of laughter that makes viewers feel better. His idea of the human comedy remains as grim as it is absurd.

Jan 5, 2015 | Full Review…
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