SKIN OF MAN, HEART OF BEAST
Direction/Screenplay: Helene Angel
103 min., color 1999, 35mm, French w/English subtitles
Cast: Serge Riaboukine, Bernard Blancan, Pascal Cervo
Winner: Best Film, Best Actor, Locarno International Film Festival

After a fifteen year absence, Coco returns to his family in rural France. His behavior is strange, and his past whereabouts remain suspect. His 2 brothers, a policeman and a petty criminal are ambivalent about his return, while his young nieces have visions of terrible things happening. His mother remains a stranger. The family bonds start to unravel as violence and tragedy engulf everyone.

“Tough, cogent and resonantly chilling, this slow burning drama continues the vein of harsh realism seen in recent Gallic cinema...Helene Angel's rigourous unflinching direction and the sharply drawn characters make this an uncommonly mature first feature. ”
-David Rooney, Variety


"a must-see movie"
-Film Comment