Wednesday, November 25, 2009
MAN BITES DOG
Directed By: Remy Belvaux & Andre Bonzel & Benoit Poelvoorde
Written By: Remy Belvaux & Andre Bonzel & Benoit Poelvoorde & Vincent Tavier
Cinematography By: Andre Bonzel
Editor: Remy Belvaux & Eric Dardill
CAST: Benoit Poelvoorde
This film is a masterpiece or at least so close to being one then in one simple scene one simple act it passes the point of no return that at least in my mind ruined the movie for me. Was it intentional?
The Film is a very dark French comedy about a documentary crew following a Hitman/Serial Killer who is a happy guy and really enjoys his work that we see he loves to talk and fill the crew and viewers in on his philosophy and methods. We even see how he interacts with his family and sometimes reluctantly the crew helps him or becomes victims accidently of his job volunteer innocent bystanders as you could say.
Soon The Line becomes blurred between innocent bystander, Witness and accomplice. Then there is that flip of the switch scene which I won’t spoil or discuss here which disgusts, unnerves and disturbs me so much that the rest of the film could have been a test pattern and still it would have been ruined for me.
I think there was a decision for that scene to affect the audience and it is successful in polarizing the audience so that you can’t not react or have an opinion you are watching the film and enjoying it as entertainment then the scene happens and changes your outlook and are reminded of the reality of the situations that you have just been watching.
Part of me thinks the director did this on purpose to make a social message just like “Funny Games” but another part of me thinks france is such a liberal country and the director wanted to take it to the edge and over to shock
That is also why the lead is not movie star handsome no one in this film it helps heighten the reality by not having stars that can distract and take you out of the story just like a horror film. It adds to the realism and you believe you are witnessing a character a person not a actor playing a character
Either way this is a good film that happens to be foreign and is worth seeing
Unfortunately the directors never really directed another film and Remy Belvaux he died a few years ago so we never got to witness further work by the director but on the DVD there is a trailer for a spy film that apparently was written but never made sadly.