Deerskin 2019

Le daim

Directed by Quentin Dupieux Fresh

Georges, 44 years old, and his jacket, 100% deerskin, have grand plans in director Quentin Dupieux’s latest cinematic oddity, destined for cult status.

France In French with English subtitles
77 minutes DCP
R16
strong violence & offensive language

Director/Screenplay

Photography/Editor

Quentin Dupieux

Producers

Thomas Verhaeghe
,
Mathieu Verhaeghe

Production designer

Joan Le Boru

Costume designer

Isabelle Pannetier

With

Jean Dujardin (Georges)
,
Adèle Haenel (Denise)
,
Albert Delpy (Monsieur B)
,
Pierre Gommé (Nicolas)
,
Laurent Nicolas (Norbert)
,
Coralie Russier (Vic)
,
Marie Bunel (Kylie)

Festivals

Cannes (Directors’ Fortnight) 2019

Elsewhere

France’s enigmatic Quentin Dupieux, aka Mr Oizo, whose breakout hit Rubber was about a homicidal car tyre, makes films unlike anyone else in the world. Deerskin, channelling cinema’s rich history of obsessive loners, is no exception.

French megastar Jean Dujardin plays Georges, a handsome greying man who purchases a long-fringed deerskin jacket – and quickly becomes obsessed with the ‘killer style’ it projects. Not your run-of-the-mill existential midlife crisis flick, all bets are off when Georges decides all other jackets must be destroyed – and his intimate conversations with the deerskin only fuel his rage and paranoia.

It gets weirder: Georges uses a camera to film himself, transforming his obsession into a meta-take on auteur theory. And when he meets Denise (Adèle Haenel), whose hobby is re-editing the likes of Pulp Fiction, he convinces her to help him produce his magnum opus.

Dupieux is a director with a laser-focused vision and an ungodly commitment to the conceit, no matter how batshit cuckoo it may be. Crafting a first-person hallucinatory vortex of madness and masculinity with the skill of a surgeon, his latest, at a blistering 76 minutes, is one hell of a ride. — AT