Bruno Dumont seems perpetually aware of the trap of familiarity, which may be why he indulges in some of his most inscrutable filmmaking.
Bruno Dumont’s formalism is charged with a spark of simultaneously controlled and spontaneous mystery.
Cruelty here can feel cheap, perhaps a result of Dumont not knowing how to effectively command comedy yet.
The film dabbles in the French romantic-comedy tradition and simultaneously spoofs it, committing to neither.
Even though the subtext about the past and modernity constantly being at odds is intriguing, the director presents this in a clunky, almost didactic fashion.
It’s buoyant and titillates, striking that distinctly Ozonian balance between the beautiful and the sinister, but it doesn’t resonate.
The Criterion Collection presents the “Six Moral Tales” in their original 1.33:1 aspect ratios, though there is some controversy surrounding these transfers.