Deerskin (2019) Film Review

Director: Quentin Dupieux

Writer: Quentin Dupieux

Stars: Jean Dujardin, Adèle Haenel, Albert Delpy

RATING: 3 Stars

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Academy Award winner Jean Dujardin (THE ARTIST) is a recent divorcee in the midst of a mid-life identity crisis. In search of a new life and look, he ditches his past in a roadside petrol station and encounters a vintage, fringed deerskin jacket with influential supernatural powers. He relocates to a quiet French alpine village where he is mistaken for an independent filmmaker by an adventurous, enterprising bartender in a sleepy saloon (Adèle Haenel, PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE) who happens to be an aspiring editor with natural production instincts. The two forge a tenuous allegiance and team up to collaborate on a film inspired by the visionary deerskin jacket. But things take a dark turn. – From IMDB

This is easily the weirdest thing I have ever watched in a cinema. I do deep dives into the depths of IMDB quite frequently and find some crazy stuff there, but as a mainstream screening, in a large cinema chain, this was quite a surprising choice. Odd to the very extreme, this film has a plot that when you say it out loud sounds completely absurd, but makes for very comedic viewing.

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It’s a very simply shot film. Not big set pieces, all filmed in and around very few locations, and with a very limited cast, so it has a real Indie feel about it. Which makes sense because I don’t imagine a film that is THIS bizarre would appeal to a wide ranging audience. It will definitely have it’s fans. But I can definitely see a lot of people not liking it for it’s complete absurdity. The best thing about this film is it’s performances. It would be easy in a film that is this nonsensical for the actors to not take the project seriously. But that thankfully is not the case, which actually adds to the comedy as the characters take the absurdity in their stride.

Do I like my films to be a little more logical then this? Yes I most certainly do. But do I also love to try new things and enjoy the viewing experience? Also yes. This won’t be to everyone taste, and it isn’t getting a wide cinema release. But if it on near you, and you like a good horror/comedy then at 77 minutes, there are way worse things out there, and I think it is worth your time to check out.

Deerskin is showing at selected UK cinemas from Friday 16th July.

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