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P'tit Quinquin

(Li’l Quinquin)
France 2014. Dir: Bruno Dumont. 206 min. DCP

P'tit Quinquin really is funny, in a sometimes surprisingly broad, knockabout way, while being utterly recognizable as the work of one of Europe's most intransigently distinctive auteurs.”
JONATHAN ROMNEY, SIGHT & SOUND

The Best Film of 2014
CAHIERS DU CINÉMA

MINISERIES MARATHON | An unexpected, off-brand triumph for French cinema’s so-called “god of grim,” Bruno Dumont's critically-adored first foray into long-form television is a police procedural comedy — oui, comédie! — that shares DNA with Lynch and Co.’s metaphysical whodunit Twin Peaks. Created as a miniseries for French TV — but premiered and toured theatrically as a single-sitting film — P’tit Quinquin is not so much a departure as a tonal rejigging of Dumont’s signature themes and aesthetic into the register of farce. It follows a twitchy, bumbling, mustachioed police captain (mesmerizing non-actor Bernard Pruvost) assigned to a series of bizarre murders in rural Northern France following the discovery of a dairy cow packed with human body parts. Buzzing around the crime scenes is P’tit Quinquin, the titular tween, and his gang of bored, backwater pranksters. Like a burlesque re-imagining of Dumont’s best films, this absurdist masterwork manages the rare feat of being an autocritique that enlivens the mysteries imbedded in the auteur’s morphing cinema.

P’tit Quinquin is comprised of four chapters, each approximately 50 minutes. There will be a 15-minute intermission between the second and third chapters.

 

REVIEWS

"The best movie that Bruno Dumont has made since L’Humanite."

Cinema Scope | full review

★★★★ "With its skewed wit and observations of the human condition, most definitely belongs on the big screen ... An investment of your time will be amply rewarded."

The Guardian | full review