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Heavyweight French auteur Bruno Dumont demonstrates his gift for deadpan comedy.
The action seems to rise organically from the locale, and Dumont's grand yet intimate fiction fuses his inner world with the historical moment.
We may find ourselves both frustrated and riveted. Something tells me Bruno Dumont wouldn't want it any other way.
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?
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.
"Li'l Quinquin" is a quasi-epic farce that mostly wears a poker face as it elaborates his continuing obsession with the collision of humankind's bestial and spiritual impulses.
Dumont has a palpable relish for everything (and everyone) to which his script introduces us which is infectious, while leaving it up to viewers to qualify its underlying complexities.
Only this is his most vivacious, even affable work, blurring mystery and comedy-as if, some have noted, [Bruno] Dumont's taking the starch out of his big screen dramas with this warm, wacky small-screen series.
A charming film of authorial authenticity that is placed in a strange humoristic-poetic alliance of criminal investigations and childhood mischief. [Full review in Spanish]
Li'l Quinquin exists to suggest and provoke rather than declare, and is all the better for it.
It may sound weird for a film about brutal murders, but maestro Bruno Dumont gives us a charming and often funny story, too.
Dumont uses the extra sprawl of his canvas and the luridness of his premise to indulge himself in the best, most playful sense.
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