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The King of Escape (2014)




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As warm and affecting as it is fearlessly outlandish and matter-of-factly surreal, THE KING OF ESCAPE features Ludovic Berthillot, in a brave and unforgettably vanity-free performance, as Armand, a gay, overweight, middle-aged tractor salesman. After rescuing a 16-year-old girl (Curly, played by the gifted Hafsia Herzi) from an attempted sexual assault, Armand finds her developing an unlikely crush on him. Already struggling with mid-life doubts, he decides to give the relationship a go, triggering a delirious, increasingly bizarre chain of events. Fleeing across the French countryside, Armand and Curly are pursued by an eccentric cast of characters, who give ample evidence of Guiraudie's unselfconscious, flattery-free focus on types (economic, social, physical, or sexual) who are rarely represented on-screen. Paradoxically, THE KING OF ESCAPE becomes increasingly grounded and genuinely wise the stranger it gets. Convulsively hilarious and profoundly liberating, it's unlike anything else under the sun. (c) Anthology


Ludovic Berthillot
as Armand Lacourtade
Pierre Laur
as Robert Rapaille

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All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4)

Above all, the film makes us interested in what Mr. Guiraudie will come up with next.

April 10, 2014 | Full Review…

[A] bumptious yet tender comedy.

April 9, 2014 | Full Review…

Wafer-thin plot is more an excuse for parading a rich selection of character types than anything else, as, refreshingly, the movie never gets tied up in emotional angst or sexual guilt.

April 9, 2014 | Full Review…
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Weaving numerous influences into a rich emotional tapestry, Alain Guiraudie's The King of Escape skillfully absorbs and updates its assertive cinematic forebears.

April 8, 2014 | Full Review…

"The King of Escape" does show a deadpan sense of humor throughout, even if it's rarely laugh-out-loud funny.

February 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Cruising for Alain Guiraudie seems to be the way of nature, a drive that doesn't discriminate.

April 10, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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