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LAND OF MADNESS

France, 2009 (MIFF 2009, Documentaries)

Director: Luc Moullet

A playful investigation (with a twist) into madness and murder in an isolated region in the south of France.

A native of the Southern Alps, New Wave filmmaker Luc Moullet noted that cases of mental illness were particularly prevalent in the region, with murder, dismemberment, suicide and immolation, among other thing, being implausibly common.

Wielding deadpan humour, and with an eye for the absurd, Moullet embarks on a chequered investigation of just what it is about his place of birth that drives the locals to such inexplicable acts.

"The great-grand-nephew of the great-grandfather of my great-great-grandmother one day took a pickaxe to the village mayor, his wife and the forester, who was guilty of having moved his goat 10 yards. It provided a good starting point." - filmmaker Luc Moullet

D/S Luc Moullet P Serge Lalou WS Doc & Film L French w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2009

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