There’s that saying “clothes make the man.” Never has that saying fit so perfectly than in the new film “Deerskin.”
As seen in the trailer for the French film, a middle-aged man becomes the new owner of a jacket that is 100% deerskin, complete with fringe and all. And once he puts on the jacket, it’s like he is a whole new person. From there, the film really does go off the rails (in the best possible way), as the man befriends a strange woman and the duo set out to collaborate on a film project that involves deadly fan blades, rocks, and mayhem. It’s bonkers. But also incredibly fun.
The film stars Jean Dujardin (“The Artist”) and Adèle Haenel (“Portrait of a Lady on Fire”). “Deerskin” is directed by Quentin Dupieux, who is probably best known for his oddball films such as “Rubber,” “Wrong Cops,” and “Reality.”
We saw the film at last year’s Cannes, and in our review, we said, “Dupieux’s work is a refreshing antidote to the dour realism exported by most French auteurs. Just as the eponymous jacket leads to Georges completing a buckskin ensemble; like that statement piece, ‘Deerskin’ is apt to be a gateway drug to odder tastes.”
“Deerskin” begins its theatrical run in New York City on March 20 before expanding to Los Angeles a week later. You can watch the trailer for the film below.
Here’s the synopsis:
In this black comedy of middle-aged masculinity gone awry, Academy Award winner Jean Dujardin (The Artist) is a recent divorcee who becomes obsessed with a vintage fringed deerskin jacket that begins to exert an uncanny hold on him. Set in a sleepy French alpine village, he falls into the guise of an independent filmmaker and befriends a trusting bartender and aspiring editor (Adèle Haenel, Portrait of a Lady on Fire) who becomes his collaborator on a movie that will document a surprising new goal he sets himself.