‘Deerskin’ Review: The Director of ‘Rubber’ Made a Film About Being Obsessed with a Jacket [TIFF 2019]

/Film | 9/21/2019 | Jason Gorber
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Have you ever loved a jacket? I mean really loved a jacket? Ruined your life for a coat? Destroyed your marriage and your finances for cool-looking cool-weather clothing? Have the fringes on your outfit caused you to live a fringe existence, evaporating your sanity, and driving you to a rampage? And was your outfit made out of Deerskin?

Director Quentin Dupieux’s new film will certainly speak to anyone with a dash of fashionphilia, or even a simple desire to rid the world out of outerwear. It’s a completely bonkers exercise in lunacy and cold, calculated obsession, all revolving around a really groovy suede outfit.

Bunch - Kids - Coats - Trunk - Car

We first see a bunch of kids throwing coats into the trunk of a car, promising with an earnest declaration that they swear to never wear such clothing for as long as they live. We soon see Georges (The Artist‘s Jean Dujardin) in a typically appalling European bathroom, removing his corduroy blazer and trying to flush it down a seatless toilet. Flooding ensues, but the sense of relief is palpable on Georges’ otherwise passive visage.

He then drives to a local and proffers what seems to be all of his cash (some 7,500 Euro) for a Western-style jacket with an oblique zipper, a stripe of fringed strips, and a pale, tan look that feels somehow both warm and menacing. With near orgasmic glee, Georges tries on the garment, and while slightly ill-fitting, it’s as if he is finally made whole. As a bonus, he’s handed a mini-DV camcorder, which sets him off on an adventure worthy of such attire.

Encounters

He soon encounters...
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