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Bruno Dumont – Flandres AKA Flanders (2006)

One of the most controversial figures in current French cinema, Bruno Dumont made a dazzling debut with his 1997 film The Life of Jesus (which won the Sutherland Trophy at that year’s Festival) and divided audiences with his metaphysically charged Humanity. Following his American road nightmare Twentynine Palms, Flanders goes back to his roots: it’s at once a return to the introspective register of Jesus… and, like it, a contemplation of his home territory. The characters are a group of young men and women from the Northern French countryside, including farmer Demester (Boidin) and his none-too-exclusive girlfriend Barbe (Leroux). One day, Demester and his comrades are conscripted into a war out east, where they brutalise, and are brutalised. Not every viewer will find it easy to subscribe to Dumont’s picture of a bestial humanity, toiling and rutting in harsh proximity with the earth. But the film’s economical style makes its extremity all the more trenchant, its war sequences suggesting a Samuel Fuller-like concision. With its gestures at Iraq and North Africa underpinned by allusions to the local scars of World War One, Flanders is a savage, confrontational work. FLANDRES won the Grand Prix prize at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. (Soda Pictures)

+Commentary with director Bruno Dumont

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