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Atmospheric gem often unfairly reviewed
on 13 June 2011
I bought House of Voices on the strength of Martyrs, a unique work of genius with as much psychological acuity and thematic depth as grimy horror goodness. I didn't know what to expect considering the poor IMDb score and lacklustre Amazon reviews, but I have to say: they're wrong. House of Voices isn't on the scale of Martyrs, either in ambition or execution, but it is a thoroughly intriguing, atmospheric film with many tantalisingly similar concerns and motifs. The ending, in particular, is brave and uncompromising, and the film as a whole tells an ambiguous and unsettling story. The complaints of it being "confusing" are correct to an extent, but only if you're looking for something that holds you by the hand and guides you through a simple tale. I certainly wasn't expecting that from Pascal Laugier, and if you're more interested by the promise of atmosphere and eerie puzzle pieces, give it a try.