Directed by: Quentin Dupieux
France, 2019, 77m
From the delightfully demented mind of French filmmaker Quentin Dupieux, best known for 2010’s homicidal-tire movie Rubber, comes a hilariously unhinged exploration of obsession, identity, and apparel. In this black comedy of middle-aged masculinity gone awry, Academy AwardÒ winner Jean Dujardin (The Artist) is George, a recent divorcee who becomes obsessed with a vintage fringed deerskin jacket that begins to exert an uncanny hold on him. Ending up in a sleepy French alpine village, with his heart broken and finances frozen, he falls into the guise of an independent filmmaker and befriends a trusting bartender and aspiring film editor named Denise (Adèle Haenel, Portrait of a Lady on Fire) who becomes his collaborator on a movie that will document a surprising new goal he sets for himself. A comic character study in which clothes truly make the man (insane), Deerskin is a madly entertaining showcase for both Dupieux’s startlingly original storytelling and Dujardin’s riveting performance. You’ve never seen anything like it!