Deerskin (2019)

Coming off like an unbridled hybrid of a lost Twilight Zone episode, an R-rated Monty Python sketch, and a slasher movie by way of Quentin Tarantino, Deerskin, from QT-namesake Quentin Dupieux, is a far-left-of-centre offering about one man’s violent obsession (fetish, even) with his suede jacket.

Jean Dujardin is Georges, a man with little-to-no backstory who, we suspect, is in a mid-life crisis of sorts after separating from his wife – the only clear slice of history we are privy to.  From the moment he purchases the aforementioned jacket for nearly 8000 euros we understand his slightly unhinged mind-frame, and when the seller throws in a digital camera as a sweetener, Georges suddenly finds a new late-in-life purpose, one that will assist in his gradual downward spiral towards insanity.

Holed up in a hotel room that he is only able to afford thanks to using his wedding ring as collateral – we learn his ex-wife has frozen his accounts – the crumbling loneliness of his existence is reflected in the obsession he has over this coat; given that the film opens with a trio of characters talking directly to the camera and professing they will never wear a coat again signals the bizarre narrative that is to come.

It isn’t long before Georges’ loneliness manifests into schizophrenia as he starts to converse with the coat, growing more and more paranoid by the day regarding his status as the only resident in the town that’s allowed to wear such clothing; and, no, the coat hasn’t become conscious in any manner in these conversations, nor are we privy to ventriloquism, rather we very much see Georges’ lips moving when he’s speaking as the coat, further signalling his lost grip on reality.

As much as Deerskin functions as a representation of one’s own loss of lucidity, Dupieux’s script can’t help but also feel like an absurdist take on the toxicity of masculinity that so often consumes men who confuse their machoism with ego and privilege.  Dujardin manages to toe the line carefully between subtlety and dementedness, but never over-doing it to the point where it feels like a caricature.  As outlandish as the situation at hand is, Dujardin manages to make it feel incredibly organic, which only adds to the sinister tone the film eventually adopts; Georges’ solution for being the only person in town with a coat winds up being wildly inventive and shockingly violent.

Equally as good as Dujardin is Adele Haenel (Portrait of a Lady on Fire), the film’s seeming voice of reason.  As a lowly bartender who, at first, appears as another gullible on-looker, she gradually inserts herself into Georges’ surroundings as she expresses her interest in film editing, a hook that comes into play when Georges passes himself off as a filmmaker; the recently acquired digicam serving its purpose beyond anyone’s expectations.

Audiences who are hoping that there’ll be a more substantial story built around Dupieux’s subverted plot will be disappointed as Deerskin makes no apologies for its shortcomings, both narratively and literally (it clocks in at a tight 77 minutes).  But it’s in that absurdity that the film thrives, basking in the surreal and the satirical, creating a niche that may be rejected by the masses but is sure to be lovingly embraced by a select audience that should be completely on board to surrender to this cult-classic in waiting.

Deerskin is screening across select Australian cinemas from August 6th 2020.

, , , , ,

Related Posts

2 Comments. Leave new

  • Audible overview is service Really worth it?
    August 22, 2020 6:53 pm

    How Can Audible Work?
    You receive a free audiobook and take a trial
    of Audible out. This really is among even an Audible originals or the classics.

    At the conclusion of your trial, you can purchase a subscription of Audible.
    You want to register to your membership.
    Audible awards you. It is possible to use this credit to
    buy Audible audio books in various categories like technology,
    style, romance, social media, ads, etc..
    If you would like to purchase books, then Audible
    credits can be bought by you or pay-per audio publication.
    A member can download just two of six star Originals in the first
    Friday of every month. They don’t charge any credits. It’s possible to continue
    to keep these Audible Originals forever.
    You own all Audible audio books in your library in case you cancel your subscription.
    It’s possible to listen to Audible audio books anyplace using apps for Windows, your phone or Mac computer
    or Alexa apparatus.|
    What is Audible?
    With over 300,000 titles to its name, Audible is the world’s biggest vendor and manufacturer of audiobooks.

    Audible Review http://lexlydia.net/forums/users/agneslampe94/

    Reply
  • Post about Audible overview is membership Worth it?
    September 2, 2020 2:14 am

    Can Audible Work?
    First, you get a complimentary audiobook and take a free trial of Audible.

    This really is among even an originals or those classics.

    At the end of the trial, you can buy a monthly subscription of Audible.
    You need to sign up to your membership using your Amazon account.

    Audible awards with one credit. You can take advantage of
    this credit to purchase Audible audio books in different categories such
    as technology, style, love, social networking, ads, etc..
    You can buy Audible credits or pay per audio book if you wish to buy more books.

    A member may download 2 of six Audible Originals on the first Friday of each month.

    They do not cost any credits. It is possible to keep
    these Audible Originals eternally.
    You own all Audible audio books on your library in the event that you cancel your subscription.
    It is possible to listen to Audible audio books anywhere using apps on your telephone, Windows or
    Mac computer or Alexa apparatus.|
    What is Audible?
    With over 300,000 names to its name, Audible is the world’s largest seller and producer of audiobooks. http://www.dev.raydeo.com/UserProfile/tabid/57/userId/68603/Default.aspx

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Fill out this field
Fill out this field
Please enter a valid email address.

Menu
%d bloggers like this: