Combustible Celluloid
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With: Adélaïde Leroux, Samuel Boidin, Henri Cretel, Jean-Marie Bruveart, David Poulain, Patrice Venant, David Legay, Inge Decaesteker
Written by: Bruno Dumont
Directed by: Bruno Dumont
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Language: French with English subtitles
Running Time: 91
Date: 05/23/2006

Flanders (2007)

1 Star (out of 4)


By Jeffrey M. Anderson

The controversial, acclaimed French director Bruno Dumont (L'Humanite, Twentynine Palms) returns with his fourth feature, an unpleasant exercise about the pointless, dehumanization of war, as well as the pointlessness of sex and perhaps even the pointlessness of existence itself. The supremely ugly farmer Demester (Samuel Boidin), with a sloping forehead that touches his eyebrows, who breathes with a noisy, whistle, has sex with his neighbor (Adelaide Leroux) before going off to war. She also has sex with a more handsome soldier. Stationed in the same unit, one of the men gets killed and it may or may not be the other's fault. Dumont shoots with very little dialogue, exposition, movement or frills. In other films, that can be intriguing and poetic, but here it's just numbing. (This film screened at the 50th San Francisco International Film Festival.){subid}&url=hitlist.asp?searchfield=marvel
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