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MORE DIRECTORS CHECKLIST SERIES - Volume #261 - The Films Of BRUNO DUMONT


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#1 of 9 Brook K

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Posted August 12 2005 - 07:40 AM

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Volume #261 - Bruno Dumont

Twentynine Palms (2003)
Humanité, L' (1999)
... aka Humanité (USA)
The Life of Jesus (1997)

2002 Sight & Sound Challenge: 321  Last Watched: L'enfance Nue
Last 8 Films Watched: In the Loop - A- / It Might Get Loud - B+ / What Just Happened? - B / Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - C- / Drums Along the Mohawk - A- / Punisher War Zone - B+ / Moon - C+ / A Man For All Seasons - B+

#2 of 9 Brook K

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Posted August 12 2005 - 08:00 AM

This critically acclaimed French director has racked up festival awards with his films that depict modern life in terms of both isolation and transcendence. His films also display explicit sex but filmed in such a banal way that these scenes could hardly be described as erotic and seem to be getting at some darker aspect of human behavior.

1. The Life Of Jesus - B+ (Neo-realist film set in a depressed backwater town, touching on gangs, racism and extreme cruelty, the film is incredibly bleak, but it is the moments of joy that provide the shocks and make this film worth seeking out)
2. Flandres - B
3. Humanité - B- (An emotionally stunted detective investigates the rape and murder of a young girl in this mystery that at turns engages and pushed the viewer away. The finale was more than I could bear, though perhaps embodying the true spirit of the title.)
4. Twentynine Palms - C (Filmed in beautiful Joshua Tree National Park and the Twentynine Palms area, this is a ponderous film about a bickering couple who experience tragedy mostly through the fault of their own actions. It displays a lack of understanding of the environment (in an interview Dumont said he found the desert terrifying) and is burdened with some stereotypical depictions of "American behavior".)

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2002 Sight & Sound Challenge: 321  Last Watched: L'enfance Nue
Last 8 Films Watched: In the Loop - A- / It Might Get Loud - B+ / What Just Happened? - B / Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - C- / Drums Along the Mohawk - A- / Punisher War Zone - B+ / Moon - C+ / A Man For All Seasons - B+

#3 of 9 Rich Malloy

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Posted August 12 2005 - 08:22 AM

I've only seen L'Humanite and Twentynine Palms, and the former is certainly the better movie, but the latter was somehow more, er, satisfying to me. My reaction is unusual, and I understand the viscerally negative response many viewers have for that film... but there's something so horribly compelling about it (at least for me).

How to explain "Twentynine Palms"? It's not unlike "The Hills Have Eyes" as directed by Robert Bresson (try pitching that one!). Unlike Brook, I did find the desert locales to be frightening (not to mention the locals). And save one or two much too artfully posed tableaux, the visuals are astonishing, even breathtaking, and yet not at all flashy like the "travel postcard" cinematography that seems to infect too many movies.

It's difficult to talk about this film without giving away all its surprises, so suffice to say that while I understood the motivations for certain events, at least in very abstract psychological terms, I didn't find those motivations to be particularly organic to the characters. Specifically (without being too specific), the male character's response to the pivotal plot event struck me as the response of a much different, less sophisticated person. Perhaps that's the point (that when push comes to shove, we all revert to our internal juvenile neanderthal). Still... it felt forced, false.
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#4 of 9 Bill McA

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Posted August 12 2005 - 09:33 AM

Hadewijch (2009) Posted Image Posted Image Posted ImageFlandres(2006) Posted Image
Twentynine Palms (2003) Posted Image (Own the DVD)
L'Humanité (1999) Posted Image (Own the DVD)
The Life of Jesus (1997) Posted Image Posted Image

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Own 2

Bruno Dumont is the 26th director in this series that I've seen/met in person

       

#5 of 9 SteveGon

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Posted August 12 2005 - 05:19 PM

Ain't seen any, though I've been meaning to see Humanite.

#6 of 9 george kaplan

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Posted August 12 2005 - 05:52 PM

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#7 of 9 Bill McA

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Posted September 15 2006 - 12:22 AM

UPDATED:

Flandres (2006) Posted Image

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#8 of 9 Brook K

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Posted December 08 2007 - 04:02 PM

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Flandres - B
2002 Sight & Sound Challenge: 321  Last Watched: L'enfance Nue
Last 8 Films Watched: In the Loop - A- / It Might Get Loud - B+ / What Just Happened? - B / Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - C- / Drums Along the Mohawk - A- / Punisher War Zone - B+ / Moon - C+ / A Man For All Seasons - B+

#9 of 9 Bill McA

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Posted September 21 2009 - 01:07 PM

UPDATED:

Hadewijch (2009) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Seen 5
Own 2