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The King of Escape (2014)

The King of Escape




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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) Anthologymore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Comedy
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Written By: Alain Guiraudie, Laurent Lunetta
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Ludovic Berthillot
as Armand Lacourtade
Pierre Laur
as Robert Rapaille
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Critic Reviews for The King of Escape

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (4)

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

Full Review… | April 10, 2014
New York Times
Top Critic

[A] bumptious yet tender comedy.

Full Review… | April 9, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 9, 2014
Top Critic

Weaving numerous influences into a rich emotional tapestry, Alain Guiraudie's The King of Escape skillfully absorbs and updates its assertive cinematic forebears.

Full Review… | April 8, 2014
Village Voice
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | April 10, 2014
Slant Magazine

[The film is] infused with unexpected streaks of whimsy and fantasy.

Full Review… | April 9, 2014
Screen International

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