In Outside Satan, Bruno Dumont uses his ultra-naturalistic style to explore a story with supernatural elements. It's a tepidly paced film revolving around a loner character who lives in the marsh in the countryside of France. The film
dives deep into the examination of good vs. evil and the space in-between which can become muddled and uncertain. Of all of Dumont's films this one has the least amount of reliance on dialogue, opting to submerge the viewer in this mundane and hopeless, yet beautiful countryside. There is no real "story" in this film, but rather a fascinating exploration of themes. Loaded with religious allegories, Outside Satan seems to ask the question: If our saviour was to come back to earth, would we even know it? and would be we able to differentiate this saviour from the devil? How does one even determine what is GOOD or EVIL? Bruno Dumont's film is layered, complex and thought-provoking and while it is certain to alienate or turn off some viewers with its tepid pacing, it's a rich exploration of the themes mentioned above that will almost certainly require multiple viewings and time to reflect.
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