Dazzling debut from great French hope

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Carnages

OPENS MARCH 12, CERT 15, 130 MINS

Young writer-director Delphine Gleize is tipped to be one of the most important French film-makers of her generation. On the evidence of her debut, already a multiple award-winner, it’s easy to see why. She has vivid visual command: this complex story is marked by fresh, often startling imagery, from visceral bullfighting to grisly taxidermy to surreal flights of romanticism.

Set largely in Andalusia, it feels more Spanish than French. When a bull is killed (having gored a matador), its chopped-up pieces touch down in many different lives. A bone causes trauma for a little girl on Valium and a big dog; the eyes build a bridge for a philandering scientist and his pregnant wife; the horns effect a reunion of sorts for a creepy taxidermist and his family. Former Bu