The last thing expected of Bruno Dumont was a comedy, yet with this absurdist policier set in his usual Northern France, he has achieved just that. Originally conceived as a four-part serial for TV, P'tit Quinquin is simultaneously slapstick, metaphysical and at times genuinely disturbing. Two spectacularly incompetent policemen investigate a series of grisly killings after the victims start to turn up stuffed inside farm animals. Observing their efforts is a band of young scamps, led by P'tit Quinquin, dedicated to causing havoc and generally making a nuisance of themselves. Dumont plays with the conventions of the genre - sensational death, red herrings, weird locals, and of course the two cops with their philosophical musings and catch phrases. The film has been much compared to Twin Peaks, though Dumont says he's never seen it, and to True Detective, but it is notwithstanding very much a work belonging to Dumont's unique universe.
A minor made-for-TV unfunny absurdist comedy set in a small coastal town in northern France. It was devised as a four-part TV serial and its bland TV aesthetic shows. It unaccountably gained some positive reviews from critics who see no difference between TV and film but if you watch the trailer first you’ll know not to look any further.
so, have watched 7 or 8 of monsieur dumont's films. five of them i did not enjoy, this one i loved. marvellous unknitted ending.... very very funny in parts, as well as being moving. nice bit of social comment too, done in non-preachy way.
This came up in my suggested viewing list, and I decided to go with it. I feel an odd feeling of having felt entertained by something that is very un-PC. It's not really about the crimes, more about the very odd characters and their behaviors in different sets of circumstances. I will rent the sequel and hope for something similar to make me feel amused and unsettled.
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