Hors Satan

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Hors Satan
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Film poster
Directed by Bruno Dumont
Produced by Jean Brehat
Rachid Bouchareb
Muriel Merlin
Written by Bruno Dumont
Starring David Dewaele
Alexandra Lematre
Cinematography Yves Cape
Edited by Buno Dumont
Basile Belkhiri
3B Productions
Distributed by Pyramide Distribution
Release date
  • 16 May 2011 (2011-05-16) (Cannes)
  • 19 October 2011 (2011-10-19) (France)
Running time
110 minutes
Country France
Language French

Hors Satan (Outside Satan) is a 2011 French drama film written and directed by Bruno Dumont.[1] It was filmed under the production title L'Empire, which means "The Empire".[2] It premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.[3][4]


  • David Dewaele as le gars
  • Alexandre Lematre as la fille
  • Valerie Mestdagh as la mère
  • Sonia Barthelemy as la mère de la gamine
  • Juliette Bacquet as la gamine
  • Christophe Bon as le garde
  • Dominique Caffier as l'homme au chien
  • Aurore Broutin as la routarde


Rob Nelson of Variety called Hors Satan "Another 'WTF?' film from Gallic writer-director Bruno Dumont", and went on: "Like Dumont's Twentynine Palms and Life of Jesus (give or take the Cannes Grand Prix-winning L'Humanité), Outside Satan flirts with all-out absurdity, as if managing to keep it at bay will be the director's own miracle, highly subject to interpretation. Less debatable are the film's technical merits, with d.p. Yves Cape delivering naturalistic beauty on a wide canvas, and the on-location sound work capturing every minute nuance of bird-chirps, cock-crows, and blasts of both wind and, uh, shotgun."[5]

British film critic Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian gave the film 4 out of 5 stars, saying that "Bruno Dumont's film-making is just so fluent, unnerving, gripping; he is entirely unique".[6] Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly granted the film a B+ and called it an "austerely wild, religiously amoral drama... set in untamed northern coastal France," adding, "Dumont's rigorous, serious attention to the mysteries of good, evil, and faith rewards those willing to be confounded."[7]


  1. ^ Smith, Ian Hayden (2012). International Film Guide 2012. p. 118. ISBN 978-1908215017.
  2. ^ "Cannes 2011 film profiles: Competition, Out of Competition and Un Certain Regard". Screen Daily. 6 May 2011. Retrieved 16 May 2011.
  3. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Official Selection". Cannes. Archived from the original on 15 May 2011. Retrieved 16 April 2011.
  4. ^ "Cannes film festival 2011: The full lineup". guardian.co.uk. London. 14 April 2011. Retrieved 16 April 2011.
  5. ^ Nelson, Rob (16 May 2011). "Outside Satan". Variety. Retrieved 16 May 2011.
  6. ^ Peter Bradshaw (3 January 2013). "Hors Satan (Outside Satan) – review". The Guardian. London.
  7. ^ Schwarzbaum, Lisa (20 January 2013). "Outside Satan". Entertainment Weekly. New York: Time Inc.: 101. Retrieved 11 April 2014.

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