Directed by Bruno Dumont
Starring Alane Delhaye, Lucy Caron, Bernard Pruvost, Philippe Jore and Philippe Peuvion
A murder mystery that opens with the discovery of human body parts stuffed inside a cow on the outskirts of a small channel town in northern France.
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★★★★★ review by intramuros on Letterboxd
Beyond "Twin Peaks".
"P'tit Quinquin" es a las ficciones tipo "Seven" o "True Detective" (intensas, nihilistas, con sus asesinos barrocos que se expresan mediante tableaux sangrientos, con la presencia constante de "el mal") lo que El Quijote fue a las novelas de caballerías.
★★★½ review by Peter Valerio on Letterboxd
A comedy about a series of gruesome murders in rural France. A surreal police procedural. A delinquent's coming of age. All of this, and more.
★★★½ review by Mehti on Letterboxd
مریض شدم تا بالاخره تا آخر دیدمش. چشم به راه ژنت تا بیاد رو سایتا.
★★★★★ review by Laurie on Letterboxd
A riotous and sweetly bizarre police procedural P'tit QuinQuin's charm lies in the fact that the police and almost everyone else involved (including the suspects...) seem unsure of exactly what the procedure is.
A number of gruesome murders involving locals being fed to farm animals result in eccentric investigator Commandant Van der Weyden (Bernard Pruvost) and his loyal philosophising assistant Lieutenant Carpentier (Philippe Jore) being called in to 'handle' the case. As the pair bumble uncertainly around the small coastal village, a gang of local kids led by P'tit QuinQuin (Alane Delhaye) witness the the investigation as it strangely unfurls.
That the cast is mostly made up of non-actors, yet the film manages to be so funny while evoking such a strong sense of place and (admittedly odd...) community is nothing short of miraculous. So too is the fact that such an unusual proposition never outstays its welcome at epic mini-series length. Vital to this is the fact that P'tit QuinQuin himself and his gang of young hooligans provide the bedrock for the film, as their behaviour (however boisterous and sometimes cruel) is the normality from which every absurd occurrence blossoms.
The two relationships that define the film are P'tit QuinQuin's tender love shared with his laid-back girlfriend Eve Terrier (Lucy Caron) and the ever outraged Van der Weyden's quirky partnership with the unflappable Lieutenant Carpentier.
There's are so many of laugh out loud moments, but the funeral scene stands alone as the moment that had me literally crying with laughter.
I'm sure that speculation about the surreal killing spree will still abound after viewing P'tit QuinQuin and in addressing that speculation I put forward one chilling name. Hick-Man...
★★★★½ review by Ziad Boulahsen on Letterboxd
This Requires Thinking, Let's roll Lieutenant Carpentier.
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