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Published July 20th 2020
When obsession leads you astray
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Georges (Jean Dujardin) drives all the way to a sleepy French alpine village. A recent divorcee, it becomes quite clear that his ex wants nothing to do with him. On the way over he picks up a vintage 100% deerskin jacket that has a strange hold on him and becomes his obsession. Upon arriving at his abode, he falls into the guise of an independent filmmaker and becomes very comfortable with the alternate reality he has created for himself. He befriends Denise (Adèle Haenel), a trusting bartender and aspiring editor who becomes a collaborator on his movie that will document a surprising new goal he has set for himself.

This black comedy is a film by Quentin Dupieux and stars Academy Award winner Jean Dujardin (The Artist) and (Adèle Haenel, Portrait of a Lady on Fire). It's rated MA 15 plus with a running time of 77 mins. It'll be IN CINEMAS 6 AUGUST 2020.

If it were not for the accomplished Jean Dujardin, a story about a man who falls in love with a deerskin jacket and comes under its spell could have fallen flat. Instead, it engages you as it takes you along on a wild romp of Crazyville and tastefully done gory scenes, if there's such a thing. Adèle Haenel is equally powerful in a laidback, cool, intense way that makes her the perfect partnership going head to head with Dujardin. She eggs him on to give her more in the film, that sets him on a wild path to the deep end.

Director Quentin Dupieux could easily be compared to the other Quentin (you know who we mean) as he drives Dujardin off the deep end without his usual fakery. Georges' madness takes place in the real world and it's pretty unsettling to think that in reality, you could be rubbing shoulders with several Georges and not know. In a way this is a film about loneliness, a kind of sadness that slowly degenerates into craziness; something to hold on to, a reason to go on. Both main characters in the film have powerful eye contact with each other, as if each one is willing the other to do something more (in the film), while the other contaminates by his sheer insanity hidden behind the mask of pure will. It's all quite seductive and one to watch.

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Why? Deerskin - Film Review
When: In cinemas 6 August 2020
Where: Australia
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