Doug Brod
October 01, 1993 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Man Bites Dog

Current Status
In Season
Mystery and Thriller, Foreign Language

We gave it an B+

On the surface, the witty and ghoulish French-language Man Bites Dog (1993, Fox Lorber, NC-17, subtitled, $89.95) seems like the anti-Cops, a twisted parody of reality TV. But it’s actually a darkly comic companion to Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. The movie purports to be the footage taken by a documentary crew who accompany a brazen, yet charming, maniac (Benoit Poelvoorde) on a murder spree. He philosophizes, espouses politics, and recites poetry for the filmmakers as they eavesdrop on his social life and end up participants in his escapades. Made even starker by hand-held B&W imagery, the film exploits the subjects-voyeurism and sadistic entertainment-it satirizes. But this is one sick joke worth hearing. B+

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