Red Dwarf, The

Michel Tournier ‘s short story is the source for this bizarre expressionistic seio comedy, which made a splash when world premiering at the 1998 Cannes Film Fest (in the Directors Fortnight section), before playing the international art film circuit.

The protagonist is Hich Lucien L’Hotte (Jean-Yves Thual), a dwarf who works for a law firm.  One day he is befriended by circus trapeze artist Isis (Dyna Gauzy), who views him as her guardian angel.

We learn that Lucien pens letters to upset the marriages of others. His company’s number one client, divorced vocalist Paola Bendoni (Anita Ekberg) vamps him at her villa, and their affair begins. But when she rejects he, he sneaks into her house, strangles her, and frames her husband (Arno Chevrier) for the crime.

Director Yvan Le Moine, who also wrote the script, is good at buidling tension and imbuing his strange and unsettling yarn with a sustained creepy mood.

Running time:104 Minutes

Directed and written by Yvan Le Moine

Written By: Yvan Le Moine

Released on June 1, 1999.

DVD: April 18, 2000