Odessa 2016: Death by Death review

★★★☆☆ The fear of dying is the impetus behind Xavier Seron's Death by Death, an Oedipal dramedy that positions itself between the two known truths of life and death. A bold and electrifying study of the dysfunctional relationship between a middle-aged hypochondriac and his dying mother, Seron's feature-debut is an exceedingly dark, albeit frequently hilarious comedy about grief and mortality. We first encounter Michel (Jean-Jacques Rausin), as a baby suckling on his mother's breast. Then, in what can only be described as a cradle-to-the-grave jump-cut, we sees him lying motionless in an empty coffin.
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