Martyrs (2008)

Option 1Option 2

Avg Rating: 4.5 / 5. Voted: 241

No one cared thus far. Do you?

AKA:
Year: 2008
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: 01:35:11
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 there. 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 the two teenage kids. 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 having not helped another prisoner in the torture chamber she escaped from.

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 captured well especially regarding the principle – does human empathy and kindness matter more than your own safety and well-being.

We often watch effed up movies with torture and physical violence. But the scenes of violence towards Anna without the assistance of much gore are 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 ahead for them, also leaves you disgusted, which is a credit to the narrative skills of Director Pascal Laugier.

guest
75 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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.

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

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!

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?

error: bad mouse!