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4.0 out of 5 stars Great faces, slow moving and strange in a fairly ...
Great faces,slow moving and strange in a fairly biblical way.
Published 5 months ago by Ian

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1.0 out of 5 stars I have seen some dull films. I have seen some dull French films ...
I have seen some dull films. I have seen some dull French films and I have seen some dull French arthouse films, but Good God ( words chosen carefully ) this is in a league of its own.
Man walks about in countryside. Man and woman walk about in countryside. Bit of violence. Man walks about in countryside. Man and woman walk about in countryside. Bit of sex. Man and...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great faces, slow moving and strange in a fairly ..., 13 July 2014
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Great faces,slow moving and strange in a fairly biblical way.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I have seen some dull films. I have seen some dull French films ..., 27 July 2014
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Glaikit Stirk (Aberdeenshire, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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I have seen some dull films. I have seen some dull French films and I have seen some dull French arthouse films, but Good God ( words chosen carefully ) this is in a league of its own.
Man walks about in countryside. Man and woman walk about in countryside. Bit of violence. Man walks about in countryside. Man and woman walk about in countryside. Bit of sex. Man and woman walk about in countryside. Bit of weirdness.
And that makes it sound a lot more interesting than it actually is. Read the four and five star reviews to see the level of pretentiousness needed to enjoy this film. And I have to say, I wouldn't praise the visuals of this dull film, the countryside just looks ... dull. They have simply pointed a camera at some sand dunes whilst the actors walk past. If I really struggle to find something positive about this dull film I would say sometimes you can hear birdsong, and eventually it ends.
Don't watch this, go for a walk instead.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A gust inside the god.A wind., 28 May 2013
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technoguy "jack" (Rugby) - See all my reviews
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This strange film is set on the northern French coast around Calais.A vagabond(David Dewaele)lives in the wilds of nature,with a small fire to keep him warm.His companion,a teenage dark-haired virginal goth(Alexandra Lematre), walks with him everywhere.They are both lost in a mirage of naturalism,supposedly beyond both good and evil,'hors Satan'. There is no back-story.The man gives to people what they want:to the young girl he is a protector,refusing to have sex with her and killing the guard who harasses her,he's also killed her step-father for abusing her at the start of the film.Police make enquiries about the murders.The goth lives with her mother.

To a hitch-hiker he brings sexual bliss,so she is frothing at the mouth.For the mother whose daughter is possessed he drives out the demons by raping the possessed young girl.He moves around his territory like a hunter-gatherer, but the territory is spiritual and he seems to commune with nature,kneeling,taking in the land and sky.He canknock at any door and get a bite to eat,as the people who live around here trust him.His young companion gets raped and dies and he mysteriously takes her body out into the landscape and lays it in a certain way and leaves it.The strange ritual is a form of resurrection.He is a holy fool or shaman,a phallocentric worshipper of nature.

What do we make of Dumont's purpose here? He has taken the character who was marginal in his last film,Hadewijch, but was pivotal as the natural man in saving the central character from committing suicide, and he's made him the central character in this film,which has no music; you hear only the sounds of nature,breathing,walking,the wind, leaves,water and birds.The characters have no names.This is a new world of primitive,mythological fantasy.The objective lens pans the countryside,dunes,trees, marshes,hills,streams,capturing sunrise,magic-hour,the long shots are slow,panoramic, the dialogue minimal,impregnating us with the image like a Poussin or Constable painting.

The character can be seen as both evil and good,being one and the same thing.The characters are half-way between symbol and reality.Dumont is the atheist moving towards Bressonian subject matter(The Devil,Probably),bringing in religious themes. In this society we seem free of the ills of capitalism and modern technology,in marginal space,a magical zone,outside the normal rules that would apply in urban life in cities and towns.There is a serial killer rapist in the vicinity,who has a dog.When the police capture him,the natural wanderer takes his dog and walks on to his next location.This ends a trilogy of films made on spiritual themes.Absolutely astonishing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Figures In A Landscape, 11 Feb 2014
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Dumont makes sound movies. That is not to say that they are worthy but that they are infused with sound, a sound-scape that forms the architectural bones of his fleshy visuals. Here we hear breathing; life is manifest in this most intimate detail, the movement of air from within and without. The French title 'Hors Satan' is translated on screen into English as 'Outside Satan'! How about 'Without Satan' or 'Satan Without', either of these might be preferable?
Immersed immediately in the, now familiar (?) world of Dumont’s northern France landscape the first five minutes of 'Hors Satan' draws us into milieu of post industrial peasant life, taciturn, at once alienated and yet connected to the rural world, a world not of ordered pasture and hedgerow but rather of rusted corrugated iron sheets and furrowed brows. The leaden skies weigh heavily on the land stretched across the screen as figures shift both into the depth of the frame and across its geometrical surface. There is a wonderful moment 50 minutes into the film when the young woman walks toward the vanishing point of the screen, her vertical figure passing through the three horizontals of sand, sea and sky. Dumont is as deft at utilizing this landscape form as Godard is albeit to different effect.
In this, his sixth feature, Dumont allows us to observe, his usual narrative position, the story of an ‘outsider’ befriended by an other, a couple estranged, made strange by the circumstances of intimated child abuse and silent compromise. The young woman (Alexandre Lamaire), with trumpet player lips and failed goth hair looks through weak eyes at a world awry. The man (David Dewaele) seemingly unperturbed by his lot save for his, literally, falling to his knees in a kind of pantheistic prayer when confronted with the sight of the world, interacts with this place by a kind of piercing will. The film tells a story of sorts, a story of redemption, a story of resurrection but it also does so much more. Here we have a silent movie made up of sound, an action movie entirely passive, an intimate movie that keeps its distance. Dumont has something to offer the film going crowd, spectacle, spectacle as contemplation. For in this cinema we see not only what the characters see we see something more, something we don’t see.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece, 6 Jun 2013
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Dumont's film is successful in helping fulfill the director's key impulse: replacing religion with art by showing how the transcendent is best evidenced not in religious dogma but human expression.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quietly explosive......, 16 Jun 2013
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This is mot a physically action-packed film it it is certainly a mental atom bomb. Highly recommended for both atheists and the religious......
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1.0 out of 5 stars Please Make It Stop!, 19 Jun 2013
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David Green (UK) - See all my reviews
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One has to wonder what drugs the other reviewers were taking when they watched this tedious, pretentious drivel.

I must say I personally find it's very difficult indeed to watch a film while my head is rammed firmly up my posterior, although I also find this is the perfect way to watch films such as this one if you want to justify the visual diarrhoea that dribbles in lumpy crassness from the screen as anything other than what it is.

French cinema is a sea of imaginative, inventive films, but as with all seas you will occasionally encounter un morceau de merde floating on the surface. God knows what the director ate to produce this doozy, though...
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