P’TIT QUINQUIN / LI’L QUINQUIN

SYNOPSIS
Bruno Dumont, an auteur often considered a spiritual heir to Robert
Bresson, reveals his considerable talents for dark, slapstick comedy in
Li’l Quinquin, which originally aired as a four-part TV miniseries in France.
Set in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region (where Dumont himself grew up),
the film centers around a series of grisly murders: The body parts of the
victims are found stuffed inside cows and other farm animals. As two
bumbling cops, Captain Van der Weyden (Bernard Pruvost) and Lieutenant
Carpentier (Philippe Jore), try to stop the killer before he—or she—
strikes again, a few local kids, with little to occupy them now that school’s
out for the summer, do some investigating on their own. Leading the
gang is the tough-looking tyke of the title, unforgettably played by Alane
Delhaye (who, like most of the cast here, as in Dumont’s previous films, is
a nonprofessional actor). More than just gallows humor, Li’l Quinquin also
takes stock of the racism and xenophobia plaguing this small seaside
town. At its core, Dumont’s riveting, off-beat police procedural concerns
the nature of good versus evil—a dichotomy that has dominated the
director’s corpus to date and one that, in Li’l Quinquin, grows ever murkier.

“A wonderfully weird and unexpectedly hilarious murder mystery.”
—Scott Foundas, Variety

DIRECTOR
Bruno Dumont

SCREENPLAY
Bruno Dumont

CAST
Lucy Caron
Alane Delhaye
Philippe Jore
Bernard Pruvost

GENRE Drama / Crime / Comedy
LANGUAGE French
RUNNING TIME 200’
PRODUCTION France, 2014
FORMAT(S) Blu-Ray, DCP, DVD

DISTRIBUTOR
Kino Lorber