No Rest For The Brave Review

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Igor (Blanchard) is afraid to sleep, for fear he'll die whilst unconscious. An entire villlage's population is murdered - is he responsible? Is he even awake? It's only going to get weirder.


Writer-director Alain Guiraudie despairs of modern cinema’s tonal and textual timidity. So, in this debut feature, he latches onto the rebel’s first resort, surrealism, to launch an assault on urban bourgeois complacency.

Set in an otherwordly rural France, the action opens with Thomas Blanchard being drawn into danger by a premonition and closes with the seemingly reincarnated Thomas Suire pursuing a gang war against the enigmatic Laurent Soffiati. What happens in between is open to interpretation, as Guiraudie seeks to redefine populism by mixing generic conventions with a breezy surety that consistently entertains, but rarely enlightens.

There’s probably less happening here than meets the eye, but the illusion of profundity only adds to the film’s disarming, deadpan charm.