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A pregnant widow awaiting her ride to the hospital must fight for her life against a mysterious woman who comes knocking on her door in directors Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury's daring tale of caesarian terror. It's been four months since Sarah (Alysson Paradis) was involved in the tragic car accident that claimed the life of her husband, yet somehow the couple's unborn child miraculously survived the jarring ordeal. Now it's Christmas Eve and Sarah is sitting alone in her suburban home, still grieving the loss of her beloved. Soon, Sarah's mother will arrive to drive her daughter to the hospital, where the doctors plan to induce labor. Out of nowhere, Sarah hears a knock at the door; on the other side is a stranger (Beatrice Dalle) who calmly asks to use Sarah's telephone. Immediately suspicious of the stranger's motivations, Sarah locks the door and quickly calls the police. Upon searching the grounds, the policemen find no trace of an intruder and Sarah cautiously bolts her doors once again. But unbeknownst to the expectant mother, this time she has unwillingly locked herself into a violent struggle for the one thing that matters most to her. Now, as the scissor-wielding psychopath attempts to forcefully claim the new life within Sarah, the jealous maternal battle is about to get bloody.~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

Aymen Saïdi, Alysson Paradis
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  • Feature ages_18_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 19 minutes
Starring Aymen Saïdi, Alysson Paradis, François-Régis Marchasson, Dominique Frot, Béatrice Dalle, Jean-Baptiste Tabourin, Claude Lulé, Emmanuel Lanzi, Tahar Rahim, Hyam Zeytoun, Beatrice Dalle, Emmanuel Guez, Nathalie Roussel, Ludovic Berthillot, Nicolas Duvauchelle
Director Julien Maury, Alexandre Bustillo
Genres Horror, Thriller
Rental release 12 October 2009
Main languages French
Subtitles English
Original title À l'intérieur

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Shred Head Dan on 21 Jun 2011
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Inside has surely got to be one of the finest horror movies of our time.A film that has it all;tension,drama,emotion and two outstanding performances by Beatrice Dalle and Alysson Paradis.I love the score for the film aswell.The gentle,melancholy piano(which we hear when Sarah is looking at pictures of her dead husband)is haunting and effectively understated.It perfectly underpins the characters' sadness.I also really like the strange,swirling soundscapes in the beginning of the film,these give a feeling of unease and help add to the building tension and claustrophobic atmosphere.
It takes an incredible amount of talent to effectively weave emotion and sympathy into a film as harsh and violent as Inside.It is a credit to not only the directors but the performances aswell.Indeed,only the French seem to be able to strike this balance between touching melodrama and genuinely horrific imagery.This is never more evident than in the closing scene of the movie(a scene which,if executed differently,could have amounted to nothing more than a graphic shock-sequence).Thanks to the starkly realistic performance of Alysson Paradis,this becomes a truly disturbing and upsetting scene(and elevates the sequence above and beyond a mere shock-tactic,like the baby scene in "A Serbian Film" for example).All the background music/sound effects stop and we are left with only her desperate,harrowing screams of agony.It is a lengthy,graphic and near-unbearable scene which sends a shiver up your spine and has often moved me to tears(the only other gruelling scene I can compare it to,is the first child killing in the Spanish film,"In A Glass Cage").
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50 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Jenny J.J.I. on 29 May 2008
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Well, I guess I can start off this review by saying that this is solid proof that Euro-Horror and it's director's are so far ahead of us Americans when it comes to the horror genre. While our studios are continuing to crank out remakes, and basically recycling stuff that have sat in the can for years - it are the European filmmakers who are out there whipping up new and imaginative ideas like they usually do.

From French Directing duo, Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury, comes INSIDE, a film that exploits a subject that surely has to be any mother's nightmare - having their child taken away from them. Now, I suppose that this would be hard for any mother, regardless the age of the child - but it has to be that much harder when the child is still in womb. In the film, we watch the main character go through the trauma of losing her husband to a crash. After the aftermath of the situation, she still keeps her sanity, just knowing that a piece of him remains, in the form of their unborn. What the Directors do here, is, well....wreck that sanity she has left, and they do it brutally. There is a mysterious woman hell bent on claiming Sarah's baby as her own. Whether she's have to kill Sarah, or just blatantly extract it from her womb, she is bound to finally become a mother herself.

INSIDE is definitely a thrill ride from the beginning to's one of those "you'll never see what's coming next" kind of films.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 April 2012
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Inside is directed by Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury and Bustillo also writes the screenplay. It stars Alysson Paradis, Béatrice Dalle, Nathalie Roussel and Tahar Rahim. Music is by François-Eudes Chanfrault and cinematography by Laurent Barès.

Heavily pregnant and recovering from a tragedy, Sarah Scarangelo is home alone when a mysterious woman comes a calling at the front door......

Bloody and bloody shocking! Inside is the French doing horror exceedingly well. It taps into a number of horror strands and unleashes them as one unremitting whole over the course of its compact running time. The fear of home invasion and pregnancy gets drip fed with moments of body horror which in turn is cloaked claustrophobically with coiled spring like tension. Undeniably it's got a nasty edge to it, but first time feature film directors Bustillo and Maury have an eye for stylish visuals, whilst infusing their story with some genuine narrative surprises.

It's also great to have an aura of freshness by way of the psychotic perpetrator being female, with Dalle's La Femme proving to be one of the best human villains of horror in modern times. Bonus, too, is that her victim, Sarah (Paradiso), is a most resourceful lady, making rational decisions as the horror begins to submerge her, her will to survive nicely drawn by the makers who keep her away from being the stereotype that's so often seen in films of this ilk.

There's a couple of missteps, including one quite daft passage of play involving a policeman that almost derails the good work achieved by the picture up to that point. While there is of course some suspension of disbelief needed, inevitably, to enjoy (if that's the right word here?) fully this film. But all told, Inside is a biting visceral chiller, propelled by two terrific lead lady performances and directed by two French guys upping the ante in the home invasion market. 8/10
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