Li’l Quinquin (P’tit Quinquin) by Bruno Dumont (2014, 200 min.). French auteur Bruno Dumont, best known for uncompromising and austere dramas, proves with the comedy Li’l Quinquin that he is capable of shifting gears without conceding his signature style. This absurdist metaphysical murder mystery opens with the discovery of human body parts stuffed inside a cow—a literal bête humaine—on the outskirts of the English Channel in northern France. The bumbling and mumbling Captain Van der Weyden is assigned to the crime, but must contend with a young prankster, the mischievous Quinquin, as he proceeds to investigate the case. Dubbed an “epic farce” by the New York Film Festival, Li’l Quinquin has been compared to Twin Peaks and True Detective. Simply speaking, Li’l Quinquin is “a wonderfully weird and unexpectedly hilarious” (Scott Foundas, Variety) masterwork from one of the most important contemporary French directors. There will be a 10-minute intermission. In French with English subtitles.