In the opening scenes of Bruno Dumont’s film Outside Satan
(aka Hors Satan
), a fist knocks on a door, and moments later the door opens partway and a hand emerges, holding a sandwich. The person who knocked takes the sandwich, and it’s roughly 27 minutes later before we find out who was knocking, who is distributing sandwiches, and what, if any, significance this image has. Then again, a great many things happen in Outside Satan
than have no explanation at all; this is a movie built around nuance and mood, not narrative or expressive characters, and if you’re looking for a fast-paced story, characters you can easily relate to, and an ending that w...