Hors Satan

Hors Satan
Director: Bruno Dumont

France, Drama, 2010, 109 min
In a rural region on France – comprised of wind-swept, desolate marshlands of dunes and woods – a loner, simply denominated The Guy, has a peculiar kinship with The Girl. The Girl has a certain allegiance to The Guy; to call her his “disciple” would be the most accurate barometer of their mysterious relationship, for she not only brings him food, but also meditates with him during the morning sunrise and assists in some of his ambiguously malevolent acts. The reasons for their relationship are not revealed. Time passes by very slowly in this minimalistic movie, and instead of the answers expected, the audience finds that new questions are raised.

About the director:

Bruno Dumont was born in 1958 in northern France. It is there – a small town in French Flanders – that Dumont shot his first two Cannes Film Festival-acclaimed movies: “The Life of Jesus” (La vie de Jésus, 1997) and “Humanité” (L'humanité, 1999). For Dumont, filmmaking stands in for philosophical practice - as he used to study philosophy, and then became philosophy teacher at a high school. So far Dumont has directed five feature films, all of which border somewhere between realistic drama and the avant-garde. He quickly imposed himself as a unique filmmaker, going against the tide of contemporary French production. In his films Dumont usually focuses on the tragic essence of men, which leads them to live. He takes an everyday life approach to these sacred topics by shooting ordinary human bodies and surrounding nature thus avoiding intellectual content. Because of the slow and evolving pace of the story lines, which involve extreme emotions of his ‘non-acting actors’ acting in natural locations, Dumont’s films are often compared with works of legendary French director Robert Bresson.
Section: Wide Angle

Screenplay: Bruno Dumont

Dir. of Photography: Yves Cape

Cast: David Dewaele, Alexandra Lematre, Aurore Broutin, Valerie Mestdagh, Sonia Barthélémy, Juliette Bacquet