Skin of Man, Heart of Beast
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Skin of Man, Heart of Beast
The first feature film of Helene Angel, who has won several prizes for her short films, Peau d'Homme, Coeur de Bete uses the point of view of children to focus on a tragedy that befalls a family. After fifteen years of absence, a man returns to his family. Five-year-old Aurelie watches the stranger arrive and develops an immediate affinity with him. Her older sister, however, is very suspicious of the intruder and certain that misfortune will follow. The adults see nothing, but struggle with all their might when tragedy strikes. Naturally, the two girls bear the brunt of the impact. The… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A simmering psychological drama in which the bursts of sudden violence are all the more startling for the slow buildup that has preceded them."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Skin Of Man gets a few cheap shocks from its kids-in-peril theatrics, but it also taps into the primal fears of young people trying to cope with the mysterious and brutal nature of adults."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"With an obvious rapport with her actors and a striking style behind the camera, Hélène Angel is definitely a director to watch."
‑ George Wu,
"For a debut film, Skin of Man, Heart of Beast feels unusually assured."
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
"The all-French cast is marveilleux."
‑ Jan Stuart, Newsday
"French director Hélène Angel's sensitive and crystalline debut feature."
‑ Leslie Camhi, Village Voice
"French director Helene Angel's dark but deftly handled fable about familial violence has a terrifying, fairy-tale atmosphere that's in perfect keeping with its unique point of view."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The darker elements of misogyny and unprovoked violence suffocate the illumination created by the two daughters and the sparse instances of humor meant to shine through the gloomy film noir veil."
‑ Athan Bezaitis,
"Leaves you with a knot in your stomach, its power is undercut by its own head-banging obviousness."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"The film does a solid job of slowly, steadily building up to the climactic burst of violence."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"Angel presents events partly from the perspective of Aurelie and Christelle, and infuses the film with the sensibility of a particularly nightmarish fairytale."
‑ Tom Dawson,
"Skin/Heart feels infused with an open-minded spirit, an anger that feels clean instead of gaudy."
‑ Jeremiah Kipp, Southside Callbox
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