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Martyrs [Blu-ray]

Morjana Alaoui , Mylene Jampanoi , Pascal Laugier    Suitable for 18 years and over   Blu-ray
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Morjana Alaoui, Mylene Jampanoi, Catherine Begin, Robert Toupin, Patricia Tulasne
  • Directors: Pascal Laugier
  • Producers: Richard Grandpierre, Simon Trottier
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 25 May 2009
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001TJKVV4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,361 in Film & TV (See Top 100 in Film & TV)

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Lucie, a little 10-year old girl, disappears and is discovered a few months later wandering along the side of a road. The reason for her abduction remains a mystery. Traumatized and mute, she is put in a hospital where she is befriended by Anna, a girl of her own age. 15 years later and somebody rings the doorbell of an ordinary family home. A man opens the door to find Lucie standing there with a shotgun. Convinced she has found her tormentor, she pulls the trigger.

Martyrs is a stylish revenge thriller that has been wowing audiences at festivals across the world. Already being touted for a remake, writer/director Pascal Laugier has also recently signed on to direct a remake of Hellraiser whilst one of the two beautiful female stars of the film: Mylène Jampanoï, is currently filming the new Serge Gainsbourg biopic in which she stars as Bambou.


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73 of 78 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An ordeal 24 Jan 2010
Format:DVD
I thought that I was a fairly seasoned gore hound, I was under the impression that I couldn't be shocked, I was wrong!

From the opening sequence of a bloody and battered young girl squealing and screaming, limping as fast as her brutalised body could manage, to get away from as yet undisclosed terrors, to the closing sequence which I had to have explained for me by my sister's fiance, as my hand was firmly up in front of my face, because frankly I couldn't watch any more, Martyrs is a thoroughly engaging and compelling examination of human suffering.

What it isn't however is enjoyable. This film was far too brutal, gritty and nasty for me. A Saturday night ought never to involve watching a young girl tied to a chair in a dirty warehouse being slapped around her already bloody and bruised face.

By an hour or so in, though I felt violated by this film, I still felt that I could deal with it, then the movie shifts gears and from the last half hour goes down a hithero (to me anyway) unexpected path and that was when I started to really struggle. The last third of Martyrs is one of the most terrible, horrible, awful, vile things that I've ever put myself through, yet it is substantially less gory than the hour which preceeds it, there is no way of me explaining how this is possible with spoiling things for you, so you shall have to take my word for it.

Though this wasn't for me I have given it four stars because in many ways it is a brilliant film. It is incredibly original and sumptuously filmed and edited with a rawness that lends an extra veneer of grit to a movie which is already rotten with cutting edge ideas and envelope pushing concepts.

I would thoroughly recommend this to people who enjoy utter darkness, rawness and brutality in their movies. I shall return to collecting Troma films, safe on the knowledge that there are limits to what I consider to be entertainment
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the 2nd Most Disturbing Film of All Time 29 July 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I've no doubt that the Japanese movie, Audition (which I've reviewed elsewhere), is the most challenging and disturbing film which I've ever seen. I think that Martyrs comes a very close second. In recent years, the French have been right up there with the Japanese and Koreans, in producing movies which many laud or denigrate as "torture-porn", and which test one's personal limits for viewing graphic scenes of violence. The French have given us Irreversible, Switchblade Romance and Frontiers (all commendable, beautifully shot, well acted, and thought provoking), but I think that Martyrs surpasses all of them. At the outset, early 1970's, a young French girl named Lucie escapes from a derelict warehouse, having been beaten almost to a pulp. She ends up being treated in a psychiatric ward, where she makes friends with Anna. The two of them become like sisters. 15 years later, Lucie is sure that she has traced the people who tortured her, a middle class couple with kids in a nice big house. Lucie turns up on their doorstep and goes to work on the family with a shotgun, the mayhem is extremely gory and gives you a flavour of what is to come. I won't give away too much else of the film. But, suffice it to say, you learn about a secret organisation, that imprisons and tortures people, to learn the limits of what the human spirit can endure. There is a secret world of hideous experimentation on poor lost souls, and Lucie finds herself trapped back in that world. This film has the usual style and panache of a French film (think Luc Besson in Leon or Nikita), the lead actors are engrossing, the story is full of myriad twists and turns, and it deals with troubling and unpleasant issues, including self-mutilation, needless surgery, and the most extreme of psychological traumas. Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and deeply disturbing film. 15 May 2014
Format:DVD
First of all, Martyrs is the type of film that's guaranteed to shock it's viewer so it's not really recommended for those who have a weak stomach or is faint of heart. Pascal Laugier has created a deeply disturbing and powerful assault on the senses, his direction was quite good with some beautiful cinematography and lighting, and the performances from both Morjana Alaoui and Mylène Jampanoï were both outstanding. The film begins by showing a young girl, bloodied and gaunt, running from some unspecified evil she's just escaped from. Shortly afterward, we flash forward to the girl as a young lady--Lucie (Mylène Jampanoï, in an astonishing, heartbreaking performance), still too traumatized fifteen years later to sleep alone.

So she sleeps in the same room with her lifelong friend Anna (Morjana Alaoui, also delivered a terrific, haunting performance), who loves Lucie and is doing her best to empathize with her. But Lucie has a demon. A real one. One that chases her around and cuts her with knives and is generally evil and mean to her. Anna never sees the demon, but she goes along with Lucie when Lucie devises a plan to do what it takes to put it to rest. She must return to the heart of darkness and kill her childhood tormentors.

Lucie then goes out and massacres an entire family with a shot gun. At first, you believe she's bonkers, but we soon realize that the parents killed weren't whom they appear..far, far worse. But, Lucie hallucinates, believing that a mistreated victim she didn't rescue as a child after escaping from the place where she was tortured is always coming for her. Anna who witnesses the aftermath of the slaughter, attempts to clean up the mess, while mortified at such a grisly crime scene..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Genius
Love this film there is a lot of torture scenes and its not english its subtitled but it is well put together . Read more
Published 6 days ago by Miss Krissy Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Brutal
This movie isn't looking to be a crowd pleaser, but then, when the film opened with an introduction by the director in which he actually apologised for the brutality about to... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Peter T. Dalziel
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius but, be warned, you cannot un-watch this film
On one hand this film is a masterpiece - on the other it will haunt and trouble you for days. I know you are reading this thinking "great, these wussies can't stand extreme... Read more
Published 24 days ago by E. Rowbotham
1.0 out of 5 stars So Boring It's Offensive
Story (spoilers!): An undefined organization violently abuses young women to turn them into "martyrs", so that elderly members of said organization can glean information of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by M. Koistine
2.0 out of 5 stars Shocking
I agree with alot of people on here - the final act was shocking to say it mildly but i felt you had to continue watching to see how it ended. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Michelle1126
2.0 out of 5 stars mortified!!!!!
I saw things I want to forget. Horrid. Couldn't finish it and after reading about the rest of the plot I am so glad I didn't. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs A L Jones
1.0 out of 5 stars Martyrs DVD
Realised this was 100% crap after 7 minutes and got even worse after 15.Gave to a homeless fella the day after.You've been warned.I wish someone had warn me.
Published 2 months ago by Lisa J.
4.0 out of 5 stars Brutal and cruel beyond anything
It started as a young girl escaping from an torture shed which is a disturbing enough scene ..... but things get so much worse. Read more
Published 2 months ago by TonyPrice_UK
1.0 out of 5 stars Martyrdom
I endured endlessly long scenes of horrendous violence, in the vein hope that there would be a point to it all; something under the physical pain and suffering of the protagonists,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by bowz
1.0 out of 5 stars Torture porn
Pretentious and sadistic torture porn. It tries to address serious issues and philosohpical question with excessive and prolonged torture scenes. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ursine
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