Martyrs (2008)

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Avg Rating: 4.5 / 5. Voted: 313

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Directed by: Pascal Laugier
Starring: Mylène Jampanoï (Lucie), Morjana Alaoui (Anna), Xavier Dolan (the Son of the Belfond family), Catherine Bégin (Mademoiselle)
Country: France
Language: French (English Subtitles)
Runtime: 01:39:16
Genres: Violence against Women, Torture, Horror, Gore-Gruesome-Splatter, Women In Prison, Revenge

Plot – Spoilers:
A young girl Lucie escapes from torture in the ’70s and is placed under psychiatric care in an orphanage. She refuses to speak about the horrors she experienced or the perpetrators, despite the best efforts of the staff. In time, a young girl Anna befriends her and dons the role of a supportive and caring figure. The two are inseparable and Anna is the only human Lucie appears to wholeheartedly trust.

15 years go by and Lucie walks into a happy family having Sunday breakfast and guns down the lot including a couple of teenagers. Anna rushes to the scene and is unconvinced by Lucie’s claims that the couple lying dead are the ones who tortured her as a child.

Though Lucie believes she killed her tormentors, she remains haunted by a fiendish creature that inflicts brutal wounds on her body. As it turns out, the fiend is Lucie’s personification of the guilt she feels for not having helped another prisoner in the torture chamber she escaped from, as a child.

Anna has been warned for years by her mother (with whom she barely has a connection), to stay away from Lucie and she soon finds a horrific reason why she might have been better off without Lucie.

Martyrs is a great psychological exploration of the horrors of childhood abuse, torture and trauma. The tenderness of Lucie and Anna’s relationship is also explored, particularly while toying with a relevant question – does empathy and kindness matter more than your own safety and well-being.

The scenes of violence towards Anna without the assistance of much gore, are also as brutal as they get. When she is punched, you feel it in your gut.

The cult of rich old folks sadistically willing to sacrifice young women in their quest to understand what lies close at hand for them, also leaves you disgusted, which is a credit to the narrative skills of director Pascal Laugier.

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Marie
Marie
November 20, 2018 3:49 am

a fucking masterpiece. nothing will top the experience this film brings to the table.

Mao's Bad Hair Day
Mao's Bad Hair Day
Reply to  Marie
July 29, 2022 6:18 am

I don’t think you know what a ‘masterpiece’ is – unless you were being sarcastic. Whether the violence was physical or psychological, it quickly became redundant and predictable (best played at 1.5x speed). The storyline itself had the overall intrigue and sophistication of an R.L. Stein novel, which is pretty awesome if you have a fondness for Scholastic Book Fairs.

This isn’t the first comment that has promoted this piece of shit to ‘masterpiece’ status. In trying to understand this, could it be that (a) your second favourite movie is ‘Mother!’ (2017, Aronofsky); (b) this was a bit edgier than the rest of the films played at CFF therefore instant edgelord boner; or (c) the browse function doesn’t work for you on this site? Reply comments can come up with additional points (i.e. (d) you/I suck dick, etc.)

MW
MW
Reply to  Mao's Bad Hair Day
July 29, 2022 11:47 am

The only reason your uncle didn’t molest you is he didn’t know if it was a dick or a clit, an unsolved mystery to this day.

Films cool too.

oop
oop
Reply to  Mao's Bad Hair Day
August 3, 2022 2:49 am

why u so mad at this 4 year old comment of someones personal opinion lmao

muffles
muffles
Reply to  oop
August 3, 2022 9:56 am

I often mistake a corpse of a comment for something new. Its all part of the rich necro play of this site. A bit of vilonet grinding on one that is dead gets some people around here quite moist.

Dmt_Perception
Dmt_Perception
Reply to  muffles
August 3, 2022 5:17 pm

Gets YOU quite moist you mean…

Cl Frij
Cl Frij
December 9, 2018 11:57 pm

Wow thanks for this, Its hard to find an actual French language version of this gem online with subtitles.

Marcel
Marcel
December 17, 2018 8:49 pm

Amazing movie … French masterpiece….will hit you like a train! Thanks for sharing

Eleutherius
Eleutherius
February 3, 2019 8:01 pm

Hello,
The historical context behind this movie is the medical experiments of nazis in concetration camps.
There clues: The “Board” arriving in Mercedes, the way they are dressed, the huge photos of the victims in the basement laboratory resemble portraits of concetration camps victims

Professor Truth
Professor Truth
Reply to  Eleutherius
November 17, 2020 10:50 am

False. Never happened. Hoax. Just more joo lies

risk0608
risk0608
Reply to  Professor Truth
March 17, 2021 6:46 am

Are you crazy???

Dan
Dan
Reply to  Professor Truth
May 23, 2021 10:35 pm

Wow..you’re a fucking disgrace!

FrankyTeardrop
FrankyTeardrop
Reply to  Professor Truth
March 26, 2022 6:39 pm

how many times did you ram your head into the wall before posting this comment

Professor Truth
Professor Truth
Reply to  FrankyTeardrop
March 26, 2022 8:47 pm

How many times did you suck your own dick before posting yours?

Dirlewanger
Dirlewanger
Reply to  Eleutherius
February 27, 2021 11:44 am

I dont think thats true. Because ONE of the many cars was a Mercedes this is about nazis? Why do joos always want to make everything be about themselves?

Josef Mengele
Josef Mengele
Reply to  Eleutherius
February 28, 2021 9:37 pm

6,000,000? Impossible. 200,000 is more accurate.

I hate nazis
I hate nazis
Reply to  Josef Mengele
March 1, 2021 6:51 pm

bro you are retarded.

bradlyn
bradlyn
Reply to  Josef Mengele
April 13, 2021 7:51 am

oh my god shut up

Dan
Dan
Reply to  Josef Mengele
May 23, 2021 10:36 pm

What an utter prick..come and use your REAL NAME you dad little man

MR BRIMSTONE
MR BRIMSTONE
Reply to  Josef Mengele
March 22, 2022 10:30 am

Six million, Two million, why do so many ppl in the herd attach life’s significance to fucking numbers? I won’t go into the holocaust issue with you as it is clear that you have never known a holocaust survivor. But why are numbers so monumentality important when every life holds some sort of worth? Our constitution is predicated on protecting the intrinsic worth and freedom of the individual; each and every spoke in the wheel.

Nachtigall
Nachtigall
Reply to  MR BRIMSTONE
March 22, 2022 11:11 pm

Why do so many attach significance to numbers? Ask the (((governments))) who made it illegal to question certain numbers. That’s pretty “significant” don’t you think?

An_Oldboy
An_Oldboy
Reply to  Eleutherius
March 22, 2022 11:05 am

Martys is (imo) a modern-masterpiece and multi-layered in what you derive/take from the film. That said, there is nothing in this film that (imo) supports your view that the context of the movie is medical experiments of nazis. Indeed, I am unaware of the writer/director (Pascal Laugier) ever saying such. He has said its a reflection of how sick the western world currently is (i.e., its not ‘historical context’ of nazism as you conclude) and obviously we have the religious aspect (hint – name of the film) and indeed Anna is told that the goal is for her to transcend suffering and to see the afterlife (God?). I do find the current obsession with Nazism and seeing it in everything not only sad but a sign of a brainwashed and closed mind (“baa baa”). Maybe watch the film again with a cup of tea instead of a soy milkshake.

bob sagget
bob sagget
May 22, 2019 6:19 am

thid fukn gud !

Alice
Alice
Reply to  bob sagget
February 12, 2021 5:09 pm

It was okay, left me pondering about the ending for weeks.

Vishal
Vishal
June 28, 2019 6:58 am

oh, I loved it,but Hollywood version is so poor…

MRBRIMSTONE9
MRBRIMSTONE9
Reply to  Vishal
June 8, 2020 10:38 pm

FACT: Actress Morjana Alaoui sustained REAL INJURIES during the torture scenes and still refused to give up! That’s the kind of dedication it takes to make what has to be New French Extreme’s quintessential, genre defining film! Martyrs is to film what Black Sabbath is to music; It makes the mold for a new genre. Everyone involved in the making of Martyrs should be shown an eternal debt of gratitude for it!

Tom C
Tom C
Reply to  Vishal
July 25, 2020 8:21 pm

Is it really bad? Just watched this on here and loved it – the Hollywood one is on the Horror Channel in a few days and was going to check it out but if it spoils it then might give it a miss.

Will
Will
Reply to  Tom C
August 31, 2021 6:25 am

The Hollywood one isn’t the worst but supremely unnecessary.

Paul
Paul
Reply to  Tom C
March 22, 2022 1:37 am

Please don’t subject yourself to the Hollywood remake. It contradicts itself and completely missed the message of the original.

katelyn
katelyn
November 11, 2019 11:08 pm

literally a work of art. I went into this totally blind and was expecting nothing more than a weird religious snuff film. Holy shit, am I glad I was wrong. This is gonna stick with me for a long ass time. thank you effedupmovies for fucking with my head yet again.

Val
Val
January 8, 2020 12:27 pm

Thank you, thank you so very much for existing effedupmovies.com I appreciate you all and this site. A million times thank you, fucking thank you.

Whoreforgore
Whoreforgore
Reply to  Val
July 4, 2020 1:50 pm

Fucking good movie and Lucie is gorgeous

David
David
Reply to  Whoreforgore
February 13, 2021 5:27 pm

Isn’t she just? Her name is Mylène Jampanoï, half Chinese chick. She was with some Bollywood superstar for awhile, and not surprisingly, a model. But the performance of her and the other girl (Anna, Morjana Alaoui – Moroccan-French) is just phenomenal. Imagine having to be in that emotional state, for hours on end, day after day, shooting the movie. That is hard to do, trust me. Turning it on and off is easy when it is, say, one or two scenes, but almost the entire movie that character is either crying, screaming, having an emotional breakdown, fighting etc etc…..

Anonymous
Anonymous
Reply to  David
July 21, 2021 3:59 am

She looked below average to me lol and not all models are beautiful btw, I don’t know why people love to overhype things that aren’t worth the hype.

Bella
Bella
Reply to  Anonymous
August 5, 2021 6:40 pm

she is beautiful what are u talking about where is her overhype. lmfao

Anonymous
Anonymous
Reply to  Bella
February 21, 2022 9:54 pm

Calling a painfully average looking person gorgeous Is overhyping them. She’s not even that pretty. Just being honest lol

MR BRIMSTONE
MR BRIMSTONE
Reply to  Anonymous
March 22, 2022 11:44 am

I appreciate your honesty and you are entitled to your opinion. But I would have to say imho opinion that Jampanoi is at least very good looking. But the only thing about beauty that is concretely established is that all standards are subjective. (Unless you are Plato. An anal diva fag whose “golden rod” standard of beauty is based on all things being symmetrical. Perfect thinking for the type of fucking gay man I can’t fucking stand!)

Phoenox
Phoenox
March 24, 2020 4:32 am

Seriously my favorite horror movie and what led me to this site in the first place! I recommend y’all to everyone I know.

stinky
stinky
May 7, 2020 5:04 pm

best movie of all time and you cant change my mind bye

basem hakim
basem hakim
May 10, 2020 3:28 pm

best motherfucking scene i like ‘martyrs’ 2008
second time i watch to ‘dub and sub’
Thank you
you’re demon out

Sauce
Sauce
May 31, 2020 8:05 am

Aye why they do her like that

a
a
June 12, 2020 4:55 am

who was removing her body hair during that time, and why? seems they missed that detail.

how did her facial wounds heal almost instantaneously from before the final stage to after it? is that another thing they missed?

otherwise, very interesting.

pepper
pepper
Reply to  a
July 28, 2020 4:21 pm

bruh if u get a wax your hair doesnt grow back for like a month

The_Silent_One
The_Silent_One
June 20, 2020 9:24 am

Majorly disappointed with this film.
I’ve seen it appear on many hardcore lists and I felt nothing watching it.
Half-baked themes at best.
:(:(

Bella
Bella
Reply to  The_Silent_One
August 5, 2021 6:42 pm

jeez u need help if u fr felt nothing

Nuraan
Nuraan
July 5, 2020 12:35 am

Brilliant

be careful, you could spend all your money in there
be careful, you could spend all your money in there
July 8, 2020 4:26 am

Thank you for uploading this, one of the greatest combinations of gore, plot twist and an attempt to convey a message in modern cinema. All of my movies are in European DVD region and I now in the U.S (and don’t have a DVD player at all, ha) so it is great to be able to come to your site and see some of the best alternative cinema there is.

Paul
Paul

Really wish there was a proper Blu Ray release for region 1/A

Pamela
Pamela
July 23, 2020 11:03 pm

Someone told me to watch this, I said “I’ve already seen it and it was no big deal.” Well, I had only seen the 2015 American version, had no idea about this one. It blew me away. Kept my attention the entire time! I only found this site three days ago and haven’t stopped watching one after another. Thank you to all that make this site possible. I am a fan for life!

Tom C
Tom C
July 25, 2020 8:24 pm

I went to watch the first time and ended up turning it off I wasn’t really paying attention. Tried again last night so glad I did. What a powerful film – highly recommended.

T.Schuster
T.Schuster
July 26, 2020 4:49 am

I had to take three walks with my dogs before I could comment. WTF- did the Nazis really try to find out whats in the after life. Oh’ by the way the old lady that killed herself looked just like my grandma. O.k again WTF- did she tell grandma to go fuck herself after all that, and So the purpose of the beatings was to make her Christ like and the skinning her alive was for more pain beyond childbirth. So what I get from this movie is Jesus was a woman. Again, WTF.

Candy
Candy
August 14, 2020 4:22 am

Great film. It’s good to see a movie like that has a story.

Girolski
Girolski
August 17, 2020 6:58 pm

What a masterpiece. The portrayal of this unique torture vision is unprecedented. The complete change of mood in the movie was incredible. It gave us a glimpse of human suffering in a supreme artistic way.

Antinatalpist
Antinatalpist
September 23, 2020 6:29 pm

What’s with the annoying speaker distorting screams constantly. This film has a PBS vibe to it. Overrated.. big time.

Carrion Perfume
Carrion Perfume
Reply to  Antinatalpist
January 1, 2021 10:56 am

I don’t get the hype either. Everything in this movie was over-the-top and unbelievable. It felt so hokey in its attempts to be heavy.

d
d
November 23, 2020 11:51 pm

alert(‘1’)

Stephen Fenemore
Stephen Fenemore
January 13, 2021 9:35 am

I was expecting more of the same revenge movie, but no it was beautifully shot and very well acted, great story line.

Lotty Da
Lotty Da
February 11, 2021 6:53 am

yeah…. totally bizarre movie. loved the first half. great looking cast. the young chick in the beginning total body double of Megan from Exorcist, I was waiting for her head to spin. second half not so much. despite good moments, maybe the buzz wore off, I don’t know, didn’t get it, didn’t care. still worth a watch. damn effedup I love you

David
David
Reply to  Lotty Da
February 13, 2021 4:35 am

Megan? I think you mean Regan (MacNeil) mate…. :o)

risk0608
risk0608
Reply to  Lotty Da
March 17, 2021 6:43 am

Totally agree, first half was much better. Second half kind of lost me

David
David
February 13, 2021 5:30 pm

An incredible piece of work – and I am not a horror fan, per se. But I do love originality when it is done right, and fuck, was it done right here. The direction, cinematography, acting, the ideas – all top notch. It is one of those films that after watching you immediately want to find someone else who has watched it so you can discuss it! It was on my mind for days afterwards……..

So – do I recommend it? What do you think…?!? :o) :o) :o)

Go watch………now!!!!!!!!! (and then, if you have nothing better to do, go watch the US version – utter shite……..)

InRetrospect
InRetrospect
February 16, 2021 10:53 am

An absolutely brutal, unrelenting cinematic experience. It is beautiful and hard to watch at the same time. The story is harrowing and the performances are fantastic, especially by Ms. Alaoui. The ending feels like a punch to the gut (pun not intended). I can’t say enough good things about this film.

Eric
Eric
February 18, 2021 1:55 am

its my best horror film. You have 6 actors and actress from Quebec, Canada in this french film. I have so destabilised with this movie. I like it.

risk0608
risk0608
March 17, 2021 6:42 am

It’s a good story, but I still think it’s super duper overrated. A great movie. But not a masterpiece by any means.

Caitlin
Caitlin
March 28, 2021 9:13 am

what a movie!

big drip
big drip
March 30, 2021 2:08 pm

incredibly intense, the film sits on the fine line between unwatchable (due to the horrific violence) and so gripping that you can’t stop watching it! 5 out 5 stars!

clownfag
clownfag
March 31, 2021 12:01 pm

BOOOOOOOOORING couldn’t even bring myself to get past the second half. What a waste of time, and you people call this movie art? HAH. I normally like these kinds of movies but I found myself bored out of my skull the whole time. What a useless sack of unwiped ass this movie is, my breast milk soured as I watched it

Wolf
Wolf
April 4, 2021 2:38 am

The violence toward Anna made me cry. What an amazing movie.

Jobber
Jobber
April 16, 2021 12:53 am

Weird how so many comments, yet not one comment exploring the meaning of the ending! Why did the woman shoot herself? Ideas anyone?

Alice
Alice
Reply to  Jobber
April 18, 2021 3:57 am

Probably she has realized that life is futile, and everything has been a big LIE, indoctrination camp, a rigged game, an alien experiment (insert whatever you think it is)…and that when people are fighting with each other is actually different fragments/facets of God being schizophrenic….that illusions and Ego (pain, time, space, fear, success, failures, ugliness, beauty, fragrance, stench, genders, pride, arrogance, righteousness, religions etc) only exist for prisoners of the matrix aka battery farm…so she released herself from the confines of a limiting, Soul-enslaving impermanent body to become unlimited and eternal @ God (not the punitive despotic sky daddy)….life exists for God to experience feelings because in the perfect state, there’s no pain and nothing to compare to.

Jimothy
Jimothy
Reply to  Alice
July 18, 2021 12:34 am

Lol. People are starving because of the inadequacies and kinks of people that managed to obtain power.

I think what actually happened was she opened her purse, saw the receipts/bills associated with her multi-million dollar “experiment” and realized that it was enough money to feed bread to a village for a few years. The actual words uttered by the “victim” were: “arrghuuhhhgggg” ie. severe brain damage and sensory overload.

As to your description of purpose, life is definitely not futile. We make it so because otherwise the consequences of our every actions have meanings that are severe. If life is not futile, then we should have dignity. We should be brave. We should assist each other and admit our wrong doings. If life is not futile, our emotions are real and important, however miniscule we may (now) believe ourselves to be. If life is not futile, then even the pennies we decide to spend on getting a brand name chocolate bar instead of generic has meaning.

This is simply too much responsibility for the human condition, so we refuse to participate and elect to automate our processes. So that if we make a mistake, it isn’t our fault. And life is futile.

Channii
Channii
Reply to  Jobber
December 7, 2021 5:17 pm

She blatantly shoots herself because as the skinned girl is lying there she is half into the afterlife so the woman shoots herself because she KNOWS now for sure an afterlife is real and lets face it who wants to stay on this piss poor planet when a beautiful perfect afterlife exists! I thought that was kinda obvious no?

sourkraut
sourkraut
Reply to  Channii
December 16, 2021 2:30 am

I actually interpreted it the other way around. Seemed to me like she killed herself because the girl said there was no afterlife, so the woman realized all the horrible torturing they’ve been doing was for nothing, and she couldn’t live with herself anymore. I could definitely see how it can be interpreted either way though.

joostk
joostk
Reply to  Jobber
January 24, 2022 2:07 am

I think Anna told her that there was no afterlife. ”Keep doubting” will make most sense this way because it seems that these people wanted there to be an afterlife.

Joepapa69
Joepapa69
Reply to  Jobber
January 24, 2022 10:20 am

Imma be real and straight up, I think she just couldn’t handle finally knowing what was after death. The bitch shot herself and took the secret with her to the grave, its supposed to make you wonder ‘oh wow it must’ve been so fucked up and overwhelming that it even made her kill herself’ yknow? Kinda like the saying that curiosity killed the cat.

scottie turner
scottie turner
April 20, 2021 5:49 pm

piece of shit movie lol

Farfadet Kennedy
Farfadet Kennedy
May 13, 2021 3:03 am

this movie sucks… not.

Zed Man
Zed Man
July 6, 2021 10:52 am

EUM guys, I have this on DVD and it says 99mins and this version says 95min 11sec. Regional differences or some censoring going on? You are probably sick of me asking this but a lot of shit can happen in a movie in 3mins or so. Cheers bro, and bro-esses.

Andrew
Andrew
Reply to  Zed Man
August 10, 2021 2:51 am

Yo Zed Man,my version is 100 min long so I was curious and just watched it and put this version on at the same time and there was nothing censored and both finished the same time mush.

Zed Man
Zed Man
Reply to  Andrew
August 17, 2021 10:09 am

Thx man, good to know. I guess different regions run at slower or faster speeds. This is one of my favorite films so its nice to know Im watching the whole story.

Hellbent
Hellbent
July 20, 2021 9:02 pm

Fucking great movie, this along with inside and high tension are really fucked up French films.

junglejulia
junglejulia
August 6, 2021 2:35 am

THE f’dup movie !!

lies
lies
August 6, 2021 7:07 pm

this is like outlast but then the movie

queso
queso
August 8, 2021 7:05 pm

Boring.

ruby rain
ruby rain
August 25, 2021 6:07 pm

meaningless and boring as shit.none of this would’ve happened if they just left the house but no they had to have a fucking sleepover.the old witch pissed me off on another level

Joepapa69
Joepapa69
Reply to  ruby rain
January 24, 2022 10:29 am

Lol everybody hates your comment but you’re right, on a logical level everybody in the movie is dumb. I would’ve left an hour after I came in or less, don’t even have to show me the creepy ass basement or nothing

Paul
Paul
Reply to  ruby rain
March 22, 2022 1:40 am

Yeah, horror movie logic.

trash
trash
October 31, 2021 1:38 pm

i fucking love this movie oooOOOOAAH OOggGAHHHH

Butch Coolidge
Butch Coolidge
November 8, 2021 5:50 pm

One of my favorite movies of all time, Brutality to its highest degree!!! This is the only movie I can remember watching that I had to close my eyes for some seconds. That’s how good it is!

Joepapa69
Joepapa69
Reply to  Butch Coolidge
January 24, 2022 10:30 am

Man I closed my eyes in the beginning cause I was scared that shitty ass crawling rip off of the ring girl would Jumpscare me

op102 no1
op102 no1
December 15, 2021 3:48 pm

This is intense but wait.
I can’t consider this horror.
This is more psychological, considering how much trauma she had enough to injure herself because of it while hurting those around her because she is sick and needs help.
She is not crazy, she is just a sick person that needs a treatment to get better. She needs care and love just like everyone else. And it portrays it with violence and intensity.

Such a good film, I was waiting for less.

Zardoz
Zardoz
January 16, 2022 11:17 pm

Just kinda curious but why is this movie only 1 hr 35 mins long but the one on Tubi and even IMDb lists it as 1 hr and 39 mins long? Does anyone know what 4 mins got cut from this movie?

nicki brand
nicki brand
January 20, 2022 11:25 pm

can you guys please add a “medical” tag? as a medical fetishist i am suffering

Joepapa69
Joepapa69
January 24, 2022 10:26 am

Alright, I watched this whole thing and here’s my honest opinion. First of all, let me say I knew this movie was gonna be fucked up the second I heard the french speaking. Not racist or nothing but come on, all the movies on this site that are one French always have some shit going on (ma mere, fat girl, the great buffet, etc)

ANYWAYS, here’s the review. Is this worth watching? Yes. It definitely kept me entertained and is one of those movies on this site that didn’t make me bored right away. I was confused on the plot at first but its pretty easy to understand afterwards. And honestly, it may be just me but I would’ve loved if this was an action movie including Anna and Lucy but obviously that wasn’t the case. I don’t know, gore just gets old and boring at some point and this movie was pretty fucked up but I mean come on, look at the site name. Anyways, I rate it 7/10. Production is good, plot is good, but not that full rating since it isn’t my favorite movie. Okay fine maybe I’m mad that Lucy died cause woo that actor was fine as hell but anyways, that end scene with the skinning I couldn’t take seriously. Reminded me of a shitty attack on titan roleplay. I was hoping Anna would survive and kick ass but of course that didn’t happen. And I was kind of expecting the old lady to kill herself because we can’t ever have a good ending to these movies or an explanation even if we held the directors at gun point. Anyways this was an ok average movie, im bored and its 5am so I’m going to bed. Peace ✌

Joepapa69
Joepapa69
January 24, 2022 10:34 am

Also man that old lady is weird. Sure, there is a chance that they’ll ‘see God’ or something but 90% of the time you torture somebody near death and constantly drive them mad over the edge, you can’t just be surprised when they see shit that isn’t there. It isn’t very paranormal, actually it would be weirder if the women didn’t turn clinically insane after going through all that. Like what, they’re gonna hallucinate about a cheeseburger and you’ll be like ‘guys she’s mentally unstable and deranged, we have to believe her. God is a cheeseburger’

Rattlemebones
Rattlemebones
January 26, 2022 7:14 pm

This was probably a more intense experience than watching kuso (which I didn’t even think was that bad, just put me off certain foods for a while).
I’ll be honest I enjoyed the first half more than the rest, but all the torture stuff was still incredibly well done and nasty. I did end up crying before she was skinned alive and the woman was holding her hand.
I feel like like if I were in that situation I’d try strangling myself to death with the chain before much could be done to me, then again I might still be in for a world of hurt if that wouldn’t worry >o<

reznor
reznor
February 1, 2022 4:13 am

one of my favorite movies!!

An_Oldboy
An_Oldboy
February 25, 2022 11:43 pm

A brutal film, and a film I own on dvd and still struggle to watch. The Admin summary of this film is spot on and this film is so much more than the torture being inflicted. Though it is the torture that is central to the plot. a plot which is so unique. A true modern masterpiece imo and one of the few films I give a perfect score to: 5/5. If you haven’t seen this film I strongly recommend you watch it.

overrated
overrated
March 16, 2022 3:25 pm

overrated.

Paul
Paul
March 22, 2022 1:34 am

Absolutely brilliant. Love that ending so much. “Keep doubting’. Such a ‘fuck you’ to all those people that hurt young ladies.

MR BRIMSTONE
MR BRIMSTONE
March 22, 2022 11:26 am

In my experience, this is the most horrifying film ever made! But what makes it even more cruel is that Marjana Alaoui was rumored to have suffered legitimate (albeit unintentional) injuries in the torture scenes! One thing that has been established as fact is the incessant crying and having to wear the skinned suit on and off the set for hours everyday. Laugier said that the world needs more martyrs and in a very real way, he was offering up his lead actress as exactly that!

HorrorFan10
HorrorFan10
April 2, 2022 6:05 am

I don’t know, I guess I’m kind of torn about how I feel about this movie. The movie was well-made, extremely graphic and unsettling to watch in certain parts, and I’m glad that Lucie got what revenge she could get on her torturers. But I kind of feel like the movie was a bit pointless, it didn’t achieve a great purpose to me. Ultimately it ends up feeling like most other torture-porn horror movies, and honestly it felt a bit cowardly to not explicitly say what she saw of the afterlife (or the lack thereof, if you think this is why the Mademoiselle killed herself) and to instead force the audience to come to their own conclusions.

I agree with some of the other commenters though, much stronger first half and I think the movie could’ve benefited with more snippets of Lucie’s experience as well.

Lange
Lange
May 31, 2022 10:11 pm

Pascal Laugier, c’est l’un des meilleurs. Lorsque ce film est sorti, je suis restée sur le générique de fin, les yeux écarquillés. L’une des rares fois où les gens sortaient et moi devant, assise, digérant…
A voir Ghost Land du même auteur, même si l’ambiance est à mon sens “surfaite” (maison avec poupées qui font peur) ce film est juste… Génial. Même si j’aurais tendance à ce petit cran de plus dans le trash…
Cet auteur est juste un génie. A voir le clip pour Mylène Farmer.

Lange
Lange
May 31, 2022 10:15 pm

PS: Si vous aimez ce genre de film Français il y a “Haute tension” qui est sympa. C’était l’époque où Muse chantait “New born”… Un peu dans cette lignée.

Matisse Famke
Matisse Famke
Reply to  Lange
June 1, 2022 12:05 am

Je pensais que ce film fixait, l’instigation inébranlable et convaincante du tourment et de l’intrigue graphique. Pascal Laugier a réalisé une cinématographie métaphorique et dictatoriale, ce film brise les mythes conformistes et infiltre la souffrance sublime 🙂

Lola
Lola
June 21, 2022 4:31 am

Powerful! Wow. The thought and process behind this film is legendary. Definitely a classic. I kept thinking how horrible it must have been to try and help others only to fall into a worse fate. Broke my heart and made it bleed for poor Anna. My stomach was full of anxiety the whole time. What a story.