Skin of Man, Heart of Beast
Skin of Man, Heart of Beast (1999)

In this disturbing French drama, a family welcomes a long-lost loved one into their home only to discover that he behaves like a stranger. Fifteen years ago, a man named Coco (Bernard Blancan) disappeared without warning. One day, he… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1999
DVD Release Date: February 17, 2004
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

A simmering psychological drama in which the bursts of sudden violence are all the more startling for the slow buildup that has preceded them.

Scott Tobias
AV Club

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.

George Wu

With an obvious rapport with her actors and a striking style behind the camera, Hélène Angel is definitely a director to watch.

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Jan Stuart

The all-French cast is marveilleux.

Leslie Camhi
Village Voice

French director Hélène Angel's sensitive and crystalline debut feature.

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Ken Fox
TV Guide

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.

Stephen Holden
New York Times

Leaves you with a knot in your stomach, its power is undercut by its own head-banging obviousness.

Eric Monder
Film Journal International

The film does a solid job of slowly, steadily building up to the climactic burst of violence.

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Tom Dawson

Angel presents events partly from the perspective of Aurelie and Christelle, and infuses the film with the sensibility of a particularly nightmarish fairytale.

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