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Angel or devil, good or evil, Christ or Satan: These are the mystical questions revolving around the nameless figure living in the coastal dunes outside of a small French town. Named one of the top ten films of the year by Cahiers du Cinema and an official selection of the Cannes Film Festival, Hors Satan is a provocative parable of identity, morality, and human relationships, defying notions of genre to become a mesmerizing and haunting original. -- (C) New Yorker Films -- (C) New Yorker Films
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"I find the movie mind-blowing, though it will likely alienate as many viewers as it impresses."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"Despite its pictorial intensity and the extremity of some of its scenes, the film proceeds in a mood of detachment, turning the suffering physical beings under its scrutiny into abstractions."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"Dumont's final feature with the late Dewaele is as hypnotic as their collaboration in "Hadewijch," another lucid hallucination splendid with sex, demons and landscapes that could have been painted centuries ago."
‑ Ray Pride, Newcity
""Hors Satan" could be grouped with Carlos Reygadas' "Silent Light" (itself based on Dreyer's "Ordet") and the films of Robert Bresson, but his minimalism makes his meaning more elusive, inviting less emotion than those filmmakers."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Provocative French filmmaker Dumont pushes boundaries even further with an astonishing approach to the Christian narrative (the title translates as Outside Satan), mixing the sacred and profane to shake up audiences and get us thinking."
‑ Rich Cline, Contactmusic.com
"Inarticulate characters, long blank stares, forced camera angles and allegorical nonsense make up this pretentious study in quasi-religious ennui."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"Hors Satan is stark, strange and uncompromisingly personal. It's also vivid and unforgettable."
‑ Mark Jenkins, NPR
"God works in strange ways, especially when Bruno Dumont directs him. Or is that the devil?"
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
"It's difficult to feel transported by the impossible when the film's world is already so clearly governed by the arbitrary."
‑ Mark Asch, Film Comment Magazine
"The problem with "Outside Satan" is that the filmmaker has remained faithful to expectations without enlivening them."
‑ Eric Kohn, indieWIRE
"Maddening, pretentious, hypnotic and transcendent in roughly equal measure."
‑ Rob Nelson, Variety
"As its title suggests, Satan grapples with the existence and nature of evil in the world, but it's hard to take such weighty matters seriously when they're explored with all the subtlety and grace of an anti-abortion pamphlet."
‑ Mike D'Angelo, AV Club
"The ambiguity of the episodic story with its sparse dialog, combined with the visually stunning landscape photography, makes "Hors Satan" a compelling, if overly long, composition."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Controversial yet meditative French drama makes inscrutability its raison d'etre."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"Bruno Dumont's employment of his bucolic French backdrop here attends to Hors Satan's muddying spiritual ambiguity."
‑ John Semley, Slant Magazine
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