An impressive homage to '70s Italian horror

Bruno Forzani and Hélène Cattet’s baroque Belgian beauty pays homage to ’70s Italian horror but brims with its own sexualised currents of threat and promise.

Sidelining story for a stylised stew of death and desire, it penetrates the fears and fantasies of one girl across three life stages around her family’s seaside mansion.

In childhood, keyholes and corpses spur her imagination; in adolescence, she pouts at bikers; in adulthood, a killer stalks her.

The ravishing direction cuts deepest in this last stretch, with an orgy of eyeballs, blades and flesh so cruelly precise, Argento might approve.

Film Details

  • 15
  • UK Theatrical Release Date: January 7th 2011
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User Reviews

    • WayneT23

      Jan 5th 2011, 13:58


      I had the sensory displeasure of seeing this movie back in October. It is a terrible piece of cinema, and It bugs the hell out of me that it keeps getting compared with Argento's excellence because it is nothing or the sort. The first 15 minutes is an incoherent montage of visuals, followed by a long and torturous scene of the Mother and Daughter walking to the local town. This is the first 20 to 30 minutes of the film, at this point myself and a friend were the only two left in the cinema , everyone else had gone to the bar. Arrgento this is not. Save your sheckles and go buy Phenomena on DVD instead.

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    • broonage

      Jan 7th 2011, 13:14


      I echo what WayneT23 has said. I saw this in the cinema in France several months ago. I was very excited to see it, I came into the cinema with a smile on my face, came out the cinema ready to fall asleep. What a load of artistic rubbish that cannot be compared to Argento or Martino! Granted, it is nice to look at, but the film itself is nonsense and completely boring. So many people walked out of the cinema, I stayed as I love cult EURO cinema and wanted to see it all the way through. The scene with the mother and daughter is horrendously tedious! Torture in fact! Don't waste precious time on this film and watch Phenomena or Profondo Rosso instead. AVOID!

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