Bruno Reidal, Confession of a Murderer
The recreation of an actual murder, based on the testimony of the perpetrator, is a gripping and unforgettable excursion into the mind of a sadistic gay killer.
Contains scenes of graphic violence, sexual abuse and animal cruelty. Strictly over 18s only.
Vincent Le Port
Dimitri Doré, Jean-Luc Vincent
France 2021. 101min
French With English subtitles
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Vincent Le Port’s meticulously detailed film is a remarkable achievement. It opens with the bloody decapitation of a 13-year-old by 17-year-old Bruno, a seminarian with a troubled past. The film then travels back in time to recount the events that brought the characters to this point. Bruno’s bloodthirsty fantasies began with his exposure to farmyard slaughter at a tender age, which developed into desires to hurt the boys he fell in love with. Le Port’s drama is all the more unsettling thanks to the strong performances by the actors who play the awkward young peasant-turned-murderer. Composed with a painterly eye, evocatively capturing the landscapes and people of this corner of rural France, Bruno Reidal is not for those of a sensitive disposition, but it is a searing portrait of an unusually self-aware psychopath driven by a terrible passion.
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