The transcendent second feature by Bruno Dumont probes the wonder and horror of the human condition through the story of a profoundly alienated police detective (the indelibly sad-eyed Emmanuel SchottÃ©, winner of an upset best actor prize at Cannes for his first film performance) who, while investigating the murder of a young girl, experiences jolting, epiphanous moments of emotional and physical connection. Demonstrating Dumontâs deftness with nonactors and relentlessly frank depiction of bodies and sexuality, LâhumanitÃ©
is at once an idiosyncratic police procedural and a provocative exploration of the tension between humankindâs capacity for compassion and our base, sometimes barbarous animal instincts.
- New interview with Bruno Dumont
- Conversation between Bruno Dumont and critic Philippe Rouyer from 2014
- Segment from the French television program Tendences featuring actress SÃ©verine Caneele
- Segment from a 1999 French television news program featuring Bruno Dumont
- An essay by critic Nicholas Elliott