Malpertuis is a labyrinth where characters issued from the Greek mythology are made prisoners by Cassavius. He manages to keep them (as well as his nephew and niece) as prisoners even after... See full summary »
Malpertuis is a labyrinth where characters issued from the Greek mythology are made prisoners by Cassavius. He manages to keep them (as well as his nephew and niece) as prisoners even after his death, through a binding testament. As the nephew unravels the mystery, we find out he cannot escape the house because Malpertuis is far more significant than we were led to believe. Written by
This film was Harry Kümel's favorite project for a long time but it was not until his previous film Daughters of Darkness (1971) succeeded at the box office (most notably in the US) that he managed to raise funding for it. Unfortunately, "Malpertuis" did poorly in most countries, though it was even nominated for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. See more »
An adaptation of a modern gothic tale "Malpertuis", written by Jean Ray aka John Flanders. The acting is good and the story is full of symbolism. There are two versions of this movie: the original (in French or in English) feels more like a horror film but the longer re-edited Dutch version lacks most of the superb atmosphere created by the haunting score of Georges Delerue and is therefore disappointing.
3 of 7 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?