In the latest uproariously bizarre film from director Quentin Dupieux (Rubber, PFF19), Academy Award-winner Jean Dujardin stars as a man hopelessly enraptured by a vintage deerskin jacket with a mind of its own.
When we first meet Georges, wonderfully played by Jean Dujardin (The Artist, PFF20), he is obviously a man at loose ends, a mid-life crisis having led him to a dingy gas station bathroom surrounded by the drabbest French countryside you’ve ever seen. Just as he’s about to hit bottom, a sketchy online ad leads him to a vintage deerskin jacket, sold by an aging hippie who throws in a camcorder as an afterthought. To Georges, the jacket is glorious, buttery to the touch, its fringe flapping freely in the wind. It’s such a phenomenal piece of clothing that Georges is not surprised in the least when it begins talking to him—in a voice that sounds remarkably like his own—expressing the desire to be the only jacket in existence, no matter what the cost. Few filmmakers have the audacity to approach the absurd and outlandish in such an unassuming way as Dupieux. Here, he gently guides us into a world of obsession and outerwear, where murder and mayhem mingle with one man’s sense of style in one of the most unique and unexpected films of the year.
CAST: JEAN DUJARDIN, ADÈLE HAENEL, ALBERT DELPY, CORALIE RUSSIER
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