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Trailer Watch: Bruno Dumont’s P’tit Quinquin

“Open that cow’s ass so I can look inside” is just one of the bizarro takeaway lines from this trailer for Bruno Dumont’s first-ever miniseries. P’tit Quinquin (the French title scans less awkwardly than the archaically phrased suggested English title, L’il Quinquin) is 200 minutes of rural murder mystery, and by the looks of it it combines the usual Dumont staples — surly villagers, casual racism, banal brutality — with a seemingly newly discovered sense of (odd) humor. The title presumably comes from the French lullaby (translation: “Little child”), which can be investigated in full here. Dumont evidently likes “Quinquin” as a moniker: there’s a character of that name in his first feature, 1997’s The Life Of Jesus.

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