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Les bois noirs (1989)

Violette, a beautiful aspiring actress meets a handsome stranger named Gustave. After a whirlwind romance they marry, and move into his ancestral home which they share with Gustave's mother... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Philippe Volter ...
Nathalie Dupin
Michel Duchaussoy ...
Le juge d'instruction
Hervé Laudière ...
Anna Bourderias
Pierre Vial ...
Dr. Charles
Jacques David ...
Le président Boisset
Claudine Delvaux ...
Rose Charles
Pierre Romans ...
Le curé


Violette, a beautiful aspiring actress meets a handsome stranger named Gustave. After a whirlwind romance they marry, and move into his ancestral home which they share with Gustave's mother. An unexpected visit by Gustave's brother Bastien leads to a tragic series of events after Gustave becomes insanely jealous of the attraction between his new bride and his brother. Written by Infofreak

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23 August 1989 (France)  »

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Dalle is stunning, but the movie is strangely uninvolving.
3 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

I really liked Beatrice Dalle in 'Betty Blue', and I like a lot of contemporary French thrillers, so when I stumbled across the fairly obscure 'The Dark Woods', I was looking forward to watching it. However, as much as I enjoy looking at the stunning Ms. Dalle, the movie itself was a major disappointment. Packaged as a thriller, with the video cover claiming it was "a film by the French master of suspense, Jacques Deray", it actually was a completely different kind of movie from what I anticipated. The basic situation looked like it was going to end up as a Hitchcock-like suspense or even mystery movie, but the plot never goes that way. It never really goes anywhere interesting at all, and the movie remains strangely uninvolving. Violette (Dalle) meets a handsome stranger Gustave (Philippe Volter) and after a whirlwind romance they marry and return to live in his family home. His mother (Genevieve Page, the madame in Bunuel's classic 'Belle De Jour') is quite scary and mysterious, and things look like they might go in a 'Rebecca'-ish direction, but sadly they never do. Gustave's estranged brother Bastien (Stephane Freiss) unexpectedly turns up for a visit, and hits it off with Violette. Gustave in a fit of jealous rage kills his brother and hides the body, so that Violette is none the wiser. Okay, so far, so good. After that the movie just goes on and on and gets increasingly less interesting. An unexpected turn of events involving Gustave and Violette does happen, which I won't reveal for fear of spoiling it, but it is ultimately anti-climactic, and not really worth sitting through this whole thing for. 'The Deep Woods' is a pretty frustrating exercise, and such a missed opportunity. Diehard Dalle fans will probably want to watch it just to see her (and she does look gorgeous), but it's really difficult to say anything positive about this movie. I have a strong feeling I will have to struggle to even remember seeing it in a few years time. If you want to see Dalle at her best stick with 'Betty Blue', and if you're looking for a good contemporary French thriller try 'The Appartment' or 'Harry, He Is Here To Help'.

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