Director – Jaco Van Dormael – 2015 – Belgium – Cert. 15 – 113m
Original UK release date 25/03/2016, cert.15, 113 mins
Showing on MUBI UK from Saturday, August 22nd, 2020
The idea of God being an utter bastard sounds theologically none too edifying, yet in the hands of Flemish director Jaco Van Dormael (Toto The Hero/1991, The Eighth Day/1996) that’s not the case. It’s whimsical in the same way as Ralph Richardson playing the Supreme Being bumbling around at the end of Time Bandits (Terry Gilliam, 1981) in a lounge lizard suit mumbling, “I think it has to do with free will, or something.” [Read the rest]
Review originally published in (the final issue of) Third Way, May 2016, to coincide with the film’s UK theatrical release.
See also alternative review originally published in Reform, September 2016, to coincide with the film’s UK DVD release.
Showing on MUBI UK from Saturday, August 22nd, 2020.