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cover: Martyrs (2008)

Martyrs (2008)

Director(s): Pascal Laugier

Theatrical Release: 2008

Cast: Morjana Alaoui, Mylene Jampanoi, Catherine Begin, Robert Toupin, Patricia Tulasne, Juliette Gosselin

Genre(s): Horror, psychological, Drama

Countries: France, Canada


Location in store: Horror

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(2 / 2)
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Running Time: 96m.

The Brotherhood of the Wolf director Pascal Lauguier follows his 2004 thriller House of Voices with this relentlessly brutal tale of a girl who suffered unimaginable abuse as a young child, and the unspeakable horrors that unfold when she arrives at an isolated cabin in the woods fifteen years later. The story begins as the young, badly battered Lucie (MylFne Jampanon) -- obviously the victim of inhuman abuse -- is hospitalized after somehow managing to escape her sadistic captors. Nearly catatonic after her life-altering ordeal, Lucie only manages to become functional again as a result of her friendship with Anna (Morjana Alaoui), a fellow abuse victim who selflessly reaches out to the badly damaged girl. Fifteen years later, Lucie guns down an entire family in cold blood. Is Lucie seeking belated vengeance against the people who tortured her as a young girl, or has her fragile psyche finally snapped, resulting in the bloody demise of an innocent family? Later, when Lucie calls on her old friend Anna, the truth about Lucie's traumatic early life experience slowly comes into focus. (allmovie.com)

Member Reviews


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Transformative horror by erk - May 27, 2010
This film is horrific in so many ways, but somehow manages to skirt the edge of exploitation (not that I can describe how). Disturbing in the extreme, both physically and psychologically, but well-constructed and, oddly, fulfilling. Although they're very different films, see this alongside Irreversible.

(And although Hostel is a very different movie as well, Eli Roth should see Martyrs and go back to a promising career in the food service industry.)

Other good ones in the French gorror genre: L'Interieur, Haute Tension, Frontieres (Frontiers), Calvaire. But Martyrs is better, transcending the genre.
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