P’tit Quinquin Li'l Quinquin

P’tit Quinquin

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A murder mystery that opens with the discovery of human body parts stuffed inside a cow on the outskirts of a small channel town in northern France.

French auteur Bruno Dumont, best known for uncompromising and austere dramas, proves with the comedy ‘Li'l Quinquin’ that he is capable of shifting gears without conceding his signature style. This absurdist, metaphysical murder mystery opens with the discovery of human body parts stuffed inside a cow - a literal ‘bête humaine’ - on the outskirts of the English Channel in northern France. The bumbling and mumbling Captain Van der Weyden (Bernard Pruvost) is assigned to investigate the crime, but he has to contend with a young prankster, the mischievous Quinquin (Alane Delhaye), as he proceeds to investigate the case. Dubbed an "epic farce" by the New York Film Festival, this has been compared to ‘Twin Peaks’ and ‘True Detective’. But simply speaking, it is a wonderfully weird and unexpectedly hilarious masterwork from one of the most important contemporary French directors. (Subtitles)