Au poste! [Keep an Eye Out] (2018)

Au poste!
Director: Quentin Dupieux
Writer: Quentin Dupieux
Cast: Benoît Poelvoorde, Grégoire Ludig, Marc Fraize, Anaïs Demoustier, Orelsan, Philippe Duquesne, Jacky Lambert, Jeanne Rosa, Vincent Grass
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 30.9.2018

Police officer Buron (Benoît Poelvoorde) has a murder to solve. And his witness Louis Fugain (Grégoire Ludig) has a story to tell. But as the officer tries to trip up Fugain, believing him to be a suspect in the death, Fugain starts to fumble in his account and the interview situation becomes ever stranger and more tense.

Au Poste! may be a little subdued compared to Dupieux’s earlier films, but that didn’t take away from its entertainment factor at all. It’s a beautiful exercise in absurdity.

The film poster showing a police officer and a man in handcuffs.

Although Dupieux’s films so far have all had a sense of humor, they are all very different in tone than this film. Au Poste! feels calmer, maybe a little more mature than for example Wrong or Wrong Cops. The lack of that anarchistic energy of those film is slightly regrettable (not much else is regrettable, if you ask me, about its lack of similarity to Wrong Cops), but it also makes the film a little more approachable.

Despite those calmer waters, it’s the most outright funny film he made so far, the one that definitely had me laughing the most. It starts with the conductor who opens the film, but every further moment, things turn more absurd and more breathlessly funny, from oysters to holes in chest. If absurdity is your thing, you’ll love it.

A man (Grégoire Ludig) being interviewed by a police officer (Benoît Poelvoorde).

Logic and sense are sacrificed tor the absurdity, but it’s not much of a sacrifice. And personally, the sheer joy with which the film throws them overboard had me gleeful and made me want to clap like a little child when a magician pulls yet another flower from their sleeve.

Poelvoorde and Ludig were great in their respective roles. Their energy together coupled with an almost perfect sense for pacing make the film’s entertaining heart – and it’s a big one.

A woman (Anaïs Demoustier) sitting in a bar with a man (Grégoire Ludig).

Summarizing: Joy.

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