Witty, playful satire
- Deerskin review by TE
This is an unexpected delight, a genuinely funny film that doubles as an ironic take on the whole process of film-making (especially slasher-gore film-making).
Jean Dujardin and the ever-brilliant Adele Haenel are excellent in the two lead roles, and Quentin Dupieux's direction is very sure-footed. He keeps the narrative tight and, at 73 minutes in length, he doesn't overplay the central metaphor of the deerskin jacket.
The humour builds satisfyingly and there are many laugh-out-loud moments. Some telling points about film are made along the way, but the main pleasure is in not taking any of it too seriously.
And don't let Georges see you wearing a jacket...!
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Contrived, Pretentious, Arty French Comedy Horror
- Deerskin review by PV
Well I am baffled this film gets such high ratings.
For a start, it is all based on a nonsense - WHY is this man obsessed with his deerkin jacket? Never explained. AND THEN the entire film rests on an unlikely coincidence of the main character (an old-looking 44) getting a free camcorder from an old bloke he buys a deerskin jacket off. It is so random it;s like the middle aisle at Lidl! Next time I buy a pair of socks I'll expect a free unicycle then. WHAT NONSENSE!
Life does not have to make sense but films do. Such random coincidences are common in fantasy films of course - why i hate them too.
The first hour is very Gallic shrugging mooching about, with more unlikely random events (a mute boy and an unfortunate hotel receptionist...). The last third is gruesome 'grand guignol' comedy horror WHICH is great fun - though not anticipated anywhere in the first hour.
AND apparently this part of EU France has no police at all - which is amazing and may well explain why some many illegal migrants are always trying to leave lawless France from Calais, coz what with no law and order or police, they must have a hell of a time there...
IF this film had been made in English, I suspect its fans would trash it. Absurd and not funny either.
Anyway, nice mountain scenery in the Pyrenees
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.