A man finds a dead body outside his apartment and reports it to the police. What should be, in any other circumstance, probably a lot of boring paperwork, turns into a winding, wacky procedure once it breaks the facade of the mundane. The first clue that the story will completely derail is that it was directed by Quentin Dupieux, the French electronic musician (M. Oizo) turned absurd filmmaker (“Rubber”, “Deerskin”). The second clue? Well, maybe the fact that the movie begins with an event – the arrest of a nearly naked conductor – that has nothing to do with the rest of the story.
“Keep an Eye Out” is mostly set in an outdated police station with a yellowed atmosphere, ceiling lighting, and beige furnishings. There, the man, whose name is Fugain (Grégoire Ludig), transmits the discovery of the corpse to the serious but incompetent Chief Inspector Buron (Benoît Poelvoorde) – a huge mistake, because his account draws the finger as he points his way. . , making him the prime murder suspect.
While remaining faithful to Dupieux’s brand of illogicality, this film is also his most linguistically semantic. The two men ping-pong their thoughts on idioms (like how you can’t get a breath of fresh air in a city). Even the film’s title is a play on words, as it relates to Buron’s one-eyed colleague (Marc Fraize) keeping said gaze on Fugain before a fatal accident wiped him out completely.
Fugain, now mistakenly linked to two corpses, sweats to keep the evidence hidden as his flashbacks and the present merge more and more abstractly until the whole concept of reality is questioned. Dupieux pulls off this bizarre procedure in a meager runtime while hitting the notes of obscurity and humor just right.
Keep an eye open
Unclassified. In French, subtitled. Duration: 1 hour 13 minutes. In theaters and virtual cinemas. Please review the guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before watching movies in theaters.