2 items from 2016
Stars: Beatrice Dalle, Théo Fernandez, Damien Ferdel, Zacharie Chasseriaud, Anne Marivin, Francis Renaud, Fabien Jegoudez, Nicolas Giraud, Chloé Coulloud, Dominique Frot | Written and Directed by Julien Maury, Alexandre Bustillo
French directors Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, the driving force behind the notorious L’interieur (aka Inside) and the stylish Livid, turn their gallic focus to a much-maligned genre – the slasher movie – with Among the Living, a film that’s best described as Stephen King’s Stand By Me meets Friday the 13th.
Starting out with a disturbing prologue featuring a cameo by an almost unrecognisable Beatrice Dalle; a prologue that recalls the nastiness and brutality of L’interieur, Among the Living tells the story of troublemakers Victor, Tom and Dan who, on the last day of school, leave early to explore the countryside and commit petty crime. Ending up on the scenery-strewn back-lot at an abandoned film studio, they witness »
- Phil Wheat
A driven investigative magistrate goes overboard in protecting her adopted son from discovering his biological mother in Yves Angelo’s engrossing if exaggerated psychological noir, “Too Close to Our Son.” Technically flawless and expertly played, especially by Mathilde Bisson as the courtesan-like nemesis, the pic excels at making its characters immediately fascinating. But between the clever opening and the taut finale, there’s an overextended middle filled with too many stupid moves by ostensibly intelligent characters. Still, “Too Close” is an enjoyable ride that didn’t deserve to disappear after a late September opening.
The inelegant English-lingo title isn’t likely to help the film’s offshore chances: The original translates to “Nearest to the Sun,” with none of the wordplay between “son” and “sun” that exists in English. And there’s plenty of both, since the movie is set in the Mediterranean port of Toulon, which is where we »
- Jay Weissberg
2 items from 2016
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