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Deerskin

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From the delightfully demented mind of French filmmaker Quentin Dupieux, best known for 2010’s murderous-tire movie Rubber, comes this hilariously addled exploration of obsession, identity, and apparel.
Starring Oscar-winner Jean Dujardin (The Artist), Deerskin is a comic character study in which clothes make the man… mad. Georges (Dujardin) has just separated from his wife and appears to be undergoing a mid-life crisis. After failing to flush his corduroy jacket down a roadside restroom toilet, he drives to the rural manor of an aging hippie who, for an exorbitant fee, sells him a vintage fringed deerskin jacket and a camcorder. No one could mistake this old jacket for a flattering garment but for Georges, it’s love at first sight. His heart broken and finances frozen, Georges embarks on an odyssey to destroy all other jackets, filming himself in the process, and his intimate conversations with the beloved deerskin coat only fuel his paranoia and steely resolve. When our unhinged hero meets a bartender/aspiring film editor named Denise (Adèle Haenel, Portrait of a Lady on Fire) and convinces her to help him produce his magnum opus, things really get interesting. Madly entertaining — or entertainingly mad? — Deerskin is a gonzo showcase for both Dupieux’s high-wire storytelling and Dujardin’s chops as an oddball leading man. (Dir. by Quentin Dupieux, 2019, France, in French with English subtitles, 77 mins., Not Rated)

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