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Superior french horror
on 18 August 2011
The french are near the top right now when it comes to serious horror and this is no exception. It's by no means the best french horror available and is far from original but it is pretty good. It's about a woman called Sarah (Anne Parillaud) whos son dies in mysterious circumstances, and her marriage breaks down soon after (presumably) and she moves to a more rural location to try and deal with her grief. On her way back from work as a nurse at the local hospital she almost runs over a young man Arthur (Arthur Dupont) who reminds her of her son. He claims to have been attacked by a burglar who he saw and is hysterical and convinced he is being chased by the man who will stop at nothing to kill him..
The acting is superb, both the leads are fantastic and Anne Parillaud in particular is very convincing. Also gotta mention Thierry Fremont (the man chasing them) who puts in an equally great performance. The violence and gore is realistic and surprisingly minimal and mostly involves knifes and throats. Theres no graphic closeups or anything like that, if you are expecting a gorefest you will be disappointed. I liked the way the story shows flashbacks before resuming at certain points which gives us a new perpective on things.
A few things I didn't like so much, first her sons death right at the start is never explained. Suicide? Don't think so. Accident? Not likely. I wish there was more on that. I also wish there was more on the killers motives behind executing everyone. The twist while good is easy to see coming and is shown pretty early on. The script also requires some suspension of disbelief but the acting is generally so strong you can look past that, though the ending is disappointingly anticlimactic.
This is by no means the best of french modern horror (see the brilliant "Inside") and I wouldn't rate it as high as the likes of "High Tension" or "Martyrs" either but it is very good.
p.s Avoid watching the trailer, it will spoil it somewhat.