C'est arrivé près de chez vous (Man Bites Dog) (It Happened in Your Neighborhood)
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C'est arrivé près de chez vous (Man Bites Dog) (It Happened in Your Neighborhood)
Man Bites Dog is a Belgian faux-documentary and high-concept satire of media violence which follows the lethal exploits of Benoit Benoit Poelvoorde, an affable, and very talkative, serial killer. He kills for money, and he kills for pleasure, and he talks all the while about philosophy and the proper technique for weighing a corpse down underwater. He is followed through his slaughter-fest by the filmmakers, Rémy and André (the actual filmmakers, Rémy Belvaux and André Bonzel), and the line between reporter and subject becomes blurred pretty quickly. The filmmakers become more and more… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It proves that a catchy title does not necessarily make for a good movie."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Misunderstood, this original belgian film is a stairical stab at serial killers, our new "cultural icons"; the moral was misinterpreted by some critics."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The film's absurdly dark humor comes with a price tag, and after a while the continuously mindless and pointless killings begin to exact a numbing toll on the viewer."
‑ Brian Mckay, eFilmCritic.com
"Joins I Stand Alone and Funny Games on the list of maddeningly recondite European films that exploit the violence-in-media subtext to hide their sick, voyeuristic fantasies."
‑ Jonathan R. Perry, Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
"An important film, yes, but one frequently surpassed and out-subverted."
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
"a strikingly original satire carried out with unbelievable deadpan humor"
‑ Eric Melin, Scene-Stealers.com
"A black comedy that's as dark as night, Man Bites Dog is a worthy successor to A Clockwork Orange as this generation's most telling and unflinching look at our views on violence."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"This is an original, a stark and (sorry) biting work far more complex, both stylistically and thematically, than first meets the eye."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"Harsh, unflinching and sinfully enjoyable."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"a deeply compelling, if ultimately confused, indictment of screen violence as entertainment, one that continues to shock and confound"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk

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