There’s that saying “clothes make the man.” Never has that saying fit so perfectly than in the new film “Deerskin.”

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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.”

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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.