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P’TIT QUINQUIN

Director: BRUNO DUMONT

197 minutes, France, 2014, Subtitled, Colour, D-Cinema


This film was released on Friday 10th July 2015 and is no longer screening.

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★★★★ The Irish Times, ★★★★ The Guardian

P’tit Quinquin, 11 years old, spends his days hanging out with girlfriend Eve and making mischief with his friends, usually involving throwing firecrackers at the unsuspecting. Life is shaken up by the discovery of a dead cow stuffed with human remains and the subsequent arrival of investigating officers Captain Van der Weyden and his trusty lieutenant, Carpentier, especially when the body count begins to rise. Originally commissioned for French television, while P’tit Quinquin is easily identifiable as a film by Bruno Dumont (Hadewijch, Camille Claudel 1915), what is unusual is the comic touch applied to the material.

The film is perhaps somewhat reminiscent of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, in that the characters’ eccentricities are brought to the fore, resulting in some brilliantly absurd and genuinely funny scenes, while the community’s somnolent facade masks a hotbed of racism and infidelity. (Notes by Kevin Coyne.)

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