Wrong by Quentin Dupieux
Wrong is Quentin Dupieux’s third feature, following Steak in 2007 (a weird and absurdist farce featuring the comic duo Eric and Ramzy), and Rubber in 2010, a surrealistic road movie shot in the Californian desert, screened on the Piazza Grande.
A film in transition, an English-language French production made in Los Angeles (Dupieux is currently preparing to direct a new film in France, Réalité), Wrong has the same characteristics as the director’s previous two films: an offbeat humour, subtly shifting between dream and reality, its characters inhabiting the in-between of both worlds.
The guiding principle in all of Dupieux’s films is disruption: here it is an ordinary, solitary office worker who becomes desperate when his dog goes missing. He will do anything to find it, even in his dreams, and in his search he comes across a guru, brilliantly portrayed by William Fichtner, an actor more accustomed to major blockbusters than experimental comedies, and Eric Judor (without Ramzy) who plays a poetic gardener, and is astonishing in this, his first performance in English.
Quentin Dupieux blows apart the costly plaything that cinema can be, practicing a genuine kind of “guerrilla cinema”, of which he is totally in control. Dupieux manages to dramatise strangeness without falling back on weird framing or crazy camera moves. It is the beauty of his shots, their apparent stillness, and his very slow zoom-ins that create this sense of unease.
Dupieux has learned from the great masters of comic cinema. He favours long, static takes that record the actors’ physical and verbal performances.
Quentin Dupieux claims to want “to continue to make free, and more or less funny films with naive, amateur-like scripts, and describe worlds that run parallel to ours, but are just as stupid”.