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Directed by Bruno Dumont • 2014 • France
Starring Alane Delhaye, Bernard Pruvost
French auteur Bruno Dumont, best known for uncompromising and austere dramas, proves with this comedy that he is capable of shifting gears without conceding his signature style. This absurdist, metaphysical murder mystery opens with the discovery of human body parts stuffed inside a cow—a literal bête humaine—on the outskirts of the English Channel in northern France. The bumbling and mumbling Captain Van der Weyden (Bernard Pruvost) is assigned to investigate the crime, but he has to contend with a young prankster, the mischievous Quinquin (Alane Delhaye). LI’L QUINQUIN has been compared to “Twin Peaks” and “True Detective,” but it stands alone as a masterwork from one of the most important contemporary French directors.