Dir. Quentin Dupieux / Dur. 77 mins / Country. France
Festival Strand:- Cult
In A Nutshell:- One man’s murderous love affair with his jacket.
The Good:- It’s weird, it’s stylish and very, very deadpan, it’s short and doesn’t outstay its welcome - all things that are definite bonuses when it comes to high concept cult films. Jean Dujardin plays the newly single married man who blows all of his cash on a deerskin and begins a Christine/Shining-style relationship with it. Dujardin is great and delivers some very funny moments - audience reaction was strongly positive throughout on this one. It maintains the humor levels even when events take a darker turn with some nicely deadpan black comedy moments. The ending also manages to subvert expectations while still tying back to previous events in a pleasing way.
The Bad:- There wasn’t really anything I didn't enjoy about this one.
The Verdict:- Another highlight and again the sort of thing that I love to find at the festival
The Venue / Intro / Q&A:- At the actual BFI for this one. No intro or Q&A for this one but the screening was delayed by a Q&A session with Robert DeNiro beforehand (which did explain the huge numbers of autograph hunters hanging around…)
Side note:- the director is also known as Mr Oiseau and is responsible for the old Flat Eric music video (an internet meme in the days before internet memes…)