Film Review: Keep an Eye Out

When Quentin Dupieux made Rubber, he created one of the most unusual, unlikely and offbeat horror films the world has ever seen. It seemed incomprehensible that he could out-strange a film about a serial-killing tyre, but he continues to make uniquely off-the-wall cinema. Whether it’s a man obsessed by a jacket, men trying to domesticate a giant fly or a director desperate to find the best groan of pain. He nails it once again in the surreal Keep an Eye Out.

After discovering a dead body outside his apartment, Louis Fugain (Grégoire Ludig), is taken in to the police station for questioning. As the main suspect, Chief Inspector Buron (Benoît Poelvoorde) is determined to go over his story with a fine toothcomb, despite the late hour. However, that doesn’t mean he’s fully focussed on the task. When he has to pop out, he leaves a dependable colleague (Marc Fraize) in charge with instructions to watch Louis like a hawk.  

Keep an Eye Out is a beautifully written crime comedy which toys with its audience like a cat toying with a mouse. The intercourse between the two leads is brilliant but it’s the magnificent Benoît Poelvoorde who ensures it’s such an entertaining watch. His comedic timing is impeccable and he steals just about every scene. Keep an Eye Out is a tiny sliver of genius which captivates and fascinates in equal measure. A marvellous and irreverent black comedy.

Keep an Eye Out is released opens in US theatres and virtual cinemas on 5 March

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