P’tit Quinquin. Four-episode TV mini-series and feature film (Bruno Dumont, France 2014. Created, written and directed by Bruno Dumont. Cinematography by Guillaume Deffontaine / Edited by Basile Belkhiri & Bruno Dumont / Produced by Rachid Bouchareb, Jean Brehat & Muriel Merlin. Starring Baptiste Anquez, Julien Bodard, Stephane Boutillier, Lucy Caron, Corentin Carpentier, Alane Delhaye, Lisa Hartmann, Philippe Jore, Philippe Peuvion, Bernard Pruvost, Celine Sauvage.
On the face of it, Bruno Dumont’s P’tit Quinquin is an absurdist crime caper and police procedural, humorous, quirky and plain daft in places, peopled with wacky adults and endearing children during an idyllic summer in coastal Normandy. So far, so good. But the beast lurks beneath the skin and Dumont, never one to give us an easy ride, distils an infernal allegory about French life which leaves us reeling.