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In 18th century France, the Chevalier de Fronsac and his native American friend Mani are sent by the King to the Gevaudan province to investigate the killings of hundreds by a mysterious beast. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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Samuel Le Bihan ... Grégoire de Fronsac

Vincent Cassel ... Jean-François

Émilie Dequenne ... Marianne

Monica Bellucci ... Sylvia

Jérémie Renier ... Thomas d'Apcher (as Jérémie Rénier)

Mark Dacascos ... Mani
Jean Yanne ... Comte de Morangias
Jean-François Stévenin ... Sardis

Jacques Perrin ... Thomas Agé
Johan Leysen ... Beauterne

Bernard Farcy ... Laffont

Edith Scob ... Mme de Morangias (as Édith Scob)
Hans Meyer ... Marquis d'Apcher
Virginie Darmon ... La Bavarde

Philippe Nahon ... Jean Chastel
Eric Prat ... Capitaine Duhamel (as Éric Prat)
Jean-Loup Wolff ... Duc de Moncan
Bernard Fresson ... Mercier
Christian Marc ... Serviteur Thomas Agé
Karin Kriström ... Bergère du Rocher
Vincent Cespedes ... Soldat
Jean-Paul Farré ... Père Georges
Pierre Lavit ... Jacques
Michel Puterflam ... Evèque de Mende
Nicolas Vaude ... Maxime des Forêts
Max Delor ... Noble Agé
Christian Adam ... Noble Agé
Jean-Pierre Jackson ... Noble Diner
Nicky Naudé ... La Fêlure (as Nicky Naude)
Daniel Herroin ... Blondin

Gaëlle Cohen ... La Loutre
Virginie Arnaud ... La Pintade

Charles Maquignon ... Valet Maison Teissier
Frankie Pain ... La Tessier (as Franckie Pain)
Isabelle Le Nouvel ... La Prostituée Brunette
Albane Fioretti ... Prostituée Teissier
Clarice Plasteig dit Caffou ... Prostituée Teissier (as Clarice Plasteig dit Cassou)
Delphine Hivernet ... Valentine
Juliette Lamboley ... Cécile

Gaspard Ulliel ... Louis
Pierre Castagne ... Père de Cécile (as Pierre Castagné)
Stéphane Pioffet ... Paysan
Eric Laffitte ... Un Villageois
Eric Delcourt ... Aide de Camp Beauterne

André Penvern ... Buffon
Christelle Droy ... Bergère Dollines
Andres Fuentes ... Paysan Chaumière
Nadine Marcovici ... Jeanne
Jean-Claude Braquet ... Pierre
David Bogino ... Lanceur de Couteaux
Emanuel Booz ... Officier Bucher (as Emmanuel Booz)
François Hadji-Lazaro ... Machemort (as François Hadji Lazaro)

Pascal Laugier ... Assistant de Machemort
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Olivier Colat-Parros ... Hands Fronsac - taxidermy sequence (uncredited)
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Directed by
Christophe Gans 
 
Writing credits
Stéphane Cabel (original scenario)

Stéphane Cabel (adaptation) &
Christophe Gans (adaptation)

Produced by
Emmanuel Gateau .... consulting producer
Richard Grandpierre .... producer
Samuel Hadida .... producer
Katerina Mattingley .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Joseph LoDuca 
 
Cinematography by
Dan Laustsen 
 
Film Editing by
Xavier Loutreuil 
Sébastien Prangère 
David Wu 
 
Casting by
Nathalie Cheron 
Brigitte Moidon 
Bernard Savin Pascaud 
 
Production Design by
Guy-Claude François 
 
Art Direction by
François Decaux 
Thierry François 
 
Set Decoration by
Jacques Aucomte 
Denis Bourgier 
Catherine Jarrier-Prieur 
 
Costume Design by
Dominique Borg 
 
Makeup Department
Sabrina Bernard .... additional makeup artist
Christine Dendeleuf .... hair stylist
Reynald Desbant .... hair stylist
Virginie Duranteau .... hair stylist
Lise Gaillaguet .... makeup artist
Stéphanie Guillon .... additional makeup artist
Jean-Max Guérin .... key hair stylist
Sophie Harvey .... makeup artist
Marie-Pierre Hattabi .... hair stylist
Morgan Hildebrand .... special makeup effects artist
Kameleon .... special makeup effects artist
Alexis Kinebanyan .... special makeup effects artist
Delphine Lacaze .... hair stylist
Didier Lavergne .... key makeup artist
Isabelle Legay .... hair stylist
Benoît Lestang .... special makeup effects artist
Nathalie Louichon .... makeup artist
Dominique Magnier .... makeup artist
Mario Messere .... hair stylist
Gerald Mignotte .... special makeup effects artist
Frédérique Ney .... key makeup artist
John Nollet .... hair stylist: Monica Bellucci
Cécile Pellerin .... makeup artist
Caroline Philiponnat .... hair stylist
Darren Robinson .... animatronics designer
Myriam Roger .... hair stylist
Lyda Sanchez .... hair stylist
Mathieu Thomasin .... tattoo designer
 
Production Management
Alain Agostini .... unit production manager
Claude Albouze .... production manager
Jean-Louis Bergamini .... assistant unit manager
Laurent Chiomento .... assistant unit manager
Thierry Chuinard .... unit manager
Anne Ferignac .... unit manager
Emmanuel Libermann .... assistant unit manager
Virginia Lombardo .... unit manager
Franklin Pedrosa .... unit manager
Julien Pruvot .... unit manager
Jérôme Servant .... assistant unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fanny Aubrespin .... assistant director: second unit
David Campi-Lemaire .... second assistant director
Cheyenne Corre .... assistant director
Yann Cuinet .... assistant director: second unit
William Gereghty .... second unit director
Jordane LaFourcade .... assistant director
Thierry Le Roch .... assistant director
Shaun O'Dell .... second unit director
Marie Rolindes .... trainee assistant director: second unit
Lionel Steketee .... first assistant director
Marc-Antoine Trani .... third assistant director
Marcus Trani .... trainee assistant director
Thomas Tréfouel .... assistant director: second unit
Lionel Steketee .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Chloé Cambournac .... assistant production designer
Jacky Hardouin .... carpenter
Yvan Hart .... plasterer
Mathieu Lauffray .... conceptual designer
Francis Poirier .... sculptor
Thierry Segur .... storyboard artist
Olivier Colat-Parros .... model makeup animal (uncredited)
Olivier Colat-Parros .... taxidermist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Philippe Amouroux .... sound re-recording mixer
Nicolas Becker .... foley artist
Nicolas Becker .... sound designer
Yannick Boulot .... sound recordist
Fabrice Conesa .... sound effects editor (as Fabrice Conesa Alcolea)
Colette Constantini .... sound editor
Jean De Sagey .... adr recordist
Francesca Dodd .... assistant sound editor
Patrick Dodd .... sound mixer
François Fayard .... sound editor
Vincent Guillon .... sound editor
Cyril Holtz .... sound re-recording mixer
Florent Lavallée .... sound mixer
Jean-Paul Mugel .... sound
Yves-Marie Omnes .... boom operator
Richard Partlow .... foley artist (as Rick Partlow)
Pierre Picq .... boom operator
Alexis Place .... sound editor
Leslie Shatz .... sound mixer
Stéphane Soye .... boom operator
Pierre Tucat .... boom operator
Thanos Kazakos .... additional adr recordist (uncredited)
Ann Scibelli .... sound designer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Seb Caudron .... special effects supervisor
Igor Chevalier .... beast designer
Jamie Courtier .... animatronic effects
Alain Couty .... special effects
Richard Darwin .... animatronic model designer
Georges Demétrau .... special effects
Sylvian Fabre .... special effects
Max Garnier .... special effects
Simon Hewitt .... mechanics
Jean-Claude Houbart .... special effects
Mark Hunter .... senior animatronics technician
Catherine Macresy .... special effects technician
Adrian Parish .... animatronic designer
Simon Williams .... animatronic engineer
Karen Purvis .... animatronic designer: The Jim Henson Creature Shop (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Christopher Anthony .... visual effects
Jérôme Arthuis .... grading coodinator: Duboicolor
Stephanie Aubriot .... digital artist
Philippe Aubry .... Inferno artist
Christophe Belena .... scan and conforming technician: Duboicolor
Clare Burgess .... assistant visual effects editor
Seb Caudron .... visual effects supervisor
Alex de Heus .... motion control operator
Gavin Digby .... digital compositor
Nick Drew .... visual effects coordinator: Jim Henson's Creature Shop
François Dupuy .... I/O supervisor
Sylvian Fabre .... digital artist
Xavier Fourmond .... digital compositor
Laetitia Gabrielli .... CG artist
Pierre Genin .... visual effects: CG artist
Karen Halliwell .... creature supervisor
Rip Hampton O'Neil .... technical director: DuboiColor
Philippe Huberdeau .... Inferno artist assistant
Abdel Ali Kassou .... processing: DuboiColor
Stéphane Keller .... digital matte painter
Emmanuel Le Courbe .... digital compositor
Tina Lin .... scan and conforming technician: Duboicolor
Jamie Lochhead .... digital compositor
Arnaud Mayet .... lead texture artist
Arnaud Mayet .... matte painter
Jolene McCaffrey .... digital compositor: Jim Henson's Creature Shop
Adam McInnes .... supervising compositor
Antoine Moulineau .... CG artist
Jeff Newton .... digital effects artist
Collette Nunes .... vfx coordinator: Jim Henson's Creature Shop
Jean-René Nébot .... digital color grader
Schafer-Davies Oliver .... digital compositor
Christophe Richard .... digital artist
Karim Sahai .... digital compositor: Jim Henson's Creature Shop
Dusan Strugar .... cg supervisor
Val Wardlaw .... visual effects supervisor: Henson's Creature Shop
Richenda Wheeler .... lead animator
Arthur Windus .... visual effects producer: Henson's Creature Shop
Alex Wuttke .... visual effects
Sarah Micallef .... runner: Jim Henson's Creature Shop (uncredited)
Roma O'Connor .... head of production (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Frédéric Alhinho .... stunts
Virginie Arnaud .... stunts
Joëlle Baland .... horse stunts
Joseph Beddelem .... stunts
Didier Biddar .... stunts
Patrice Boutroux .... horse stunts
Vincent Cespedes .... stunt performer: soldier
Ken Chung .... assistant stunt coordinator
Gaëlle Cohen .... stunts
Jérôme Colas .... stunts
Patrice Cossoneau .... horse stunts
Hugues Dalmagro .... horse stunts
Thierry Delhilf .... stunt performer: soldier
Gil Demurger .... stunt coordinator
Jean-Jacques Desplanque .... stunt double
Richard Dieux .... stunt coordinator
Pascale Dinizani .... stunt double (as Pascale Denizane)
Alain Figlarz .... stunts
Jérôme Gaspard .... stunt double: Samuel Le Bihan
Jean Gouello .... horse stunts
Thierry Guerrib .... stunt performer: soldier
Cyrille Hertel .... stunt performer: soldier
Karim Hocini .... stunt performer: soldier
Emmanuel Lanzi .... stunt performer: soldier
Mario Luraschi .... horse stunts
Pascal Madura .... horse stunts
Alberto Martello .... stunts
Pascal Mercuri .... stunt double (as Pascal Mercury)
Alexis Ngo .... assistant stunt coordinator
Stéphane Orsolani .... stunt double: Soldier
Sébastien Peres .... stunt performer: soldier
Gilbert Perez .... stunt double: Samuel le Bihan
Cyril Raffaelli .... stunts
Leslie Rain .... horse stunts (as Leslie Rain-Goranson)
Catherine Robert .... stunt double
Thierry Saelens .... stunt double
Olivier Schneider .... stunt double
Michaël Troude .... stunts
Frédéric Vallet .... stunts
Frédéric Vallée .... stunts
Jacky Yeung .... stunt coordinator (as Yueng Tak Ngai)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Boris Abaza .... additional assistant camera
Pierre Abraham .... chief electrician
Damien Auriol .... grip
Lionel Bailly .... electrician
Hamia Benyekkou .... electrician
Jean-Luc Bezeau .... key grip
Eric Bialas .... Steadicam operator: second unit
Stéphane Birzin .... grip
Serge Bouali .... electrician
Maurice Bricler .... grip
Éric Brun .... first assistant "b" camera
Vincent Buron .... first assistant camera
David Campbell .... crane operator: Technocrane
Eric Caro .... still photographer
Claire Caroff .... focus puller
Pascal Clément .... electrician
Maxime Cointe .... assistant camera
Hervé Denis .... electrician
Alain Dondin .... electrician
Roland Dondin .... electrician
Jean-François Drigeard .... rigging gaffer
Hugues Espinasse .... clapper loader
Jan Gagnaire .... grip
Denis Garnier .... clapper loader
Pierre Garnier .... grip
Michel Gonckel .... chief electrician
Rodolphe Gonckel .... electrician (as Rudolph Gonckel)
Alain Herpe .... assistant camera
Philippe Houdart .... camera operator
Malek Krimed .... video assistant
Pierre-Yves Le Mée .... grip
Pascal Lombardo .... electrician
Laurent Martin .... grip
Fabrice Mignot .... electrician
Steve Moreau .... second assistant camera
David Nissen .... first assistant camera
Shaun O'Dell .... director of photography: second unit
Stéphane Paillard .... assistant camera
Benjamin Speyer .... crane technician grip
Michel Strasser .... grip
Jean-Pierre Supe .... first assistant camera
Valerio Villalba .... focus puller: second unit
Jean-Pierre Voisin .... electrician
Gilles Minvielle .... additional grip (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
John Stephenson .... animation director
Dusan Strugar .... sequence director
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Daniel Bihin .... key costumer
Caroline de Tugny .... patina & tint
Sandrine Douat .... wardrobe
Chantal Glasman .... costumer
Elsa Le Guichard .... wardrobe
Sylvie Lemaire .... wardrobe (as Sylvie Campi-Lemaire)
Marie Morel .... wardrobe
Jean-Daniel Vuillermoz .... costumer assistant
 
Editorial Department
Lionel Cassan .... assistant editor
Yvan Lucas .... color timer
Jean-René Nébot .... digital color timer
Christophe Pinel .... assistant editor
Carlos Pinto .... apprentice editor
 
Music Department
Scott Davidson .... assistant music editor
Jedd Harr .... conductor
Joseph LoDuca .... conductor
Randall Monday .... music editor
Randall Monday .... music engineer
 
Transportation Department
Vincent Servant .... driver: cast
Olivier Suffert .... driver: Christophe Gans
 
Other crew
Sandra Benhamou .... production secretary
Cheyenne Corre .... personal assistant
André Couture .... harnessing
Fabrice Couture .... harnessing
Caroline Gautier .... production secretary
Piers Hampton .... project producer: Jim Henson's Creature Shop
François Hardy .... harnessing
Fréderic Hardy .... harnessing
Penny Hayler .... runner: Jim Henson's Creature Shop: animatronic shoot
Patrick Kesteloot .... harnessing
Philip Kwok .... fight choreographer
Thierry Le Portier .... wolves trainer
Virginia Lombardo .... assistant location manager
Colette Martin .... production accountant
Alex Panagakis .... publicist
Pierre Selinger .... legal services
Claudine Strasser .... script supervisor
Valentine Traclet .... script supervisor
Thierry Valletoux .... reportage
 
Thanks
Nicolas Boukhrief .... special thanks
Thierry Cazals .... special thanks
François Cognard .... special thanks
Michael Cooper .... special thanks
Jean-Pierre Jackson .... special thanks
Albert Lamorisse .... special thanks
 

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Also Known As:
"Le pacte des loups" - France (original title)
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Rated R for strong violence and gore, and sexuality/nudity
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142 min | 152 min (director's cut)
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Trivia:
All the primary characters, except the Native American Mani, actually existed and lived during reign of King Louis XV.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The body of the young woman which is used as bait for the wolf is that of the shepherdess (the lady with the goat), who isn't killed until about an hour later in the movie. (The shepherdess scene was originally shot to take place much earlier in the film and when it was switched to later, they just hoped no one would notice the body was identical.)See more »
Quotes:
Jean-Francois de Morangias:So tell me sir, do they speak of the beast in Paris?
Gregoire De Fronsac:Speak of it? They're already singing songs about it.
Geneviève de Morangias:Instead of singing songs, they should be saying prayers.
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113 out of 145 people found the following review useful.
Merchant Ivory takes up kickboxing, 23 October 2001
Author: mikerichards from Milton Keynes, Bucks, UK

In 1765 something was stalking the mountains of south-western France. A 'beast' that pounced on humans and animals with terrible ferocity. Indeed they beast became so notorious that the King of France dispatched envoys to find out what was happening and to kill the creature. By the end, the Beast of Gevaudan had killed over 100 people, to this day, no one is entirely sure what it was, wolf? hyena? or something supernatural? Whatever it was, shepherds had the same life-expectancy as the red-suited guys in 'Star Trek'. The Beast is a popular myth in France, albeit one rooted firmly in reality; somewhat surprisingly it is little known to the outside world, and perhaps incredibly it has never been made into a movie. Until now, and what a movie!

Categorising 'Le Pacte des Loups' would be tricky, but I'll try. Its a period costume horror martial-arts werewolf movie and surprisingly all those pieces work together provided you don't concentrate too hard. Why no one has previously made a period costume horror martial-arts werewolf movie before is a mystery, but I expect plenty of imitations in the future.

Taking the Beast as its starting point the movie quickly diverges from historical fact and steps up the pace. We are introduced to the two heroes, Gregoire de Fronsac (Samuel le Bihan) and Mani (Mark Dacascos) in the midst of a torrential storm that culminates in the first of many magnificently staged fights. De Fronsac has been dispatched by the King to find the Beast. De Fronsac represents the new rational world of the Enlightenment which is being forced to confront the backward, superstitious France outside of the capital. Mani, an Iroquois shaman and hunter befriended by de Fronsac whilst adventuring in the Americas brings another type of wisdom entirely. At the time of the movie America was a dark and mysterious place, home to all of the fears of Europeans. Of course it was shortly to become the home of the very republicanism that would sweep across France and remake the Old World in a new image.

'Le Pacte des Loups' wears its republican colours on its sleeve and uses the conflict between rationalism and the stereotypical backward villagers to drive home the point. This is good old-fashioned horror movie territory and the source of much of the plot. Guvaudan is the sort of village that would give the inhabitants of Sleepy Hollow the creeps. If it were in England, Christopher Lee would be the lord of the manor and Peter Cushing the priest.

'Le Pacte des Loups' has one of the strongest French language casts possible, a mix of veterans and some up and coming talent. Here it is dominated by the priest Sardis (Jean-François Stévenin) and the saturnine Jean Francois (Vincent Cassel), a crippled hunter and explorer who rapidly becomes more dangerous than the Beast itself. Both are scornful of the changes coming from Paris and seek to shield their world from the future. The remainder of the population are either stupid, indolent, superstitious or just evil, holding back the new rational world of the big cities. The Beast is very much an extension of their way, as much as it is a physical monster, the Beast is a projection of all the villagers hatreds and bigotry.

A strong female role is unusual in movies, but two? And such different characters. There is the strikingly elegant and almost hypnotic courtesan Sylvia (Monica Bellucci), playing her role of seductress with frigid professionalism. In a world where women had little more than their wits to protect them, she is the most dangerous of all and far more than she first appears. For most of the movie you are unsure if she is going to help or hinder the heroes, she is always mysterious and captivating.

In complete contrast there is the innocent, fragile, and astonishingly beautiful, Madeiline (Emilie Dequenne), younger sister to the protective Jean Francois. Surrounded by evil, prejudice and superstition on all sides she is clearly the romantic heroine, but is also intended to represent the French Republic; the very symbol of which gives her name. De Fronsac falls hopelessly in love with this witty and charming woman, but in doing so he risks further conflict with Jean Francois.

The two leads are fantastic and share a chemistry reminiscent of the relationship between Butch and Sundance. Le Fronsac is wise when needed, with a sensational put down for those who think that Mani is less than human. Mani is a man of few words but utterly dominates the screen when present. Needless to say, they are both fantastic fighters.

Horror movies live or die by the creature and fortunately this movie delivers. Wisely there is never a chance to get a good look at the animal - it is enough to know that it is big and nasty, the viewer's mind will fill in the details. The creature is also used surprisingly sparingly. When the viewer might expect it to pounce it doesn't, a few minutes later it appears out of nowhere - wonderful, shocking stuff reminiscent of 'Alien'.

Whilst the design of the animal from the Creature Workshop is perfect, some of the CGI work is a little below the standards we have come to expect - a couple of the daylight shots are well-below par, but the nighttime work is outstanding. Indeed one shot where the creature stalks out of the fog behind the hero has to be amongst the most effective CGI work in film.

Cinematically this is some of the best work of late; it bears many resemblences to Ridley Scott's 'Gladiator' - luscious slow character-forming scenes mixed in with frantic camera work for the action scenes. Again, this strange hybrid style works exceptionally well, although perhaps it can get a little too frantic. Just about every camera and digital trick is used at least once, some to excellent effect (one flashback scene is particularly striking, using a strongly solarised effect to give it an otherworldly texture).

One of the designers was previously involved with Merchant Ivory productions and the luxurious interior scenes have every bit as much detail as any period piece, (and a special word for the costumes that use some of the most sumptuous fabrics possible). A good deal of the film is lit by candle or fire light, filling the screen with warm oranges and flesh tones (and the movie *never* misses a chance to show lots of flesh).

In contrast the exterior shots are frequently chill blues and washed out hues, making the French countryside look like a hostile world that could conceal all forms of dark secrets. The countryside itself is magnificently filmed and quite different to the stereotypical French landscapes.

Tragically all this splendour is playing to minuscule audiences, I saw it with just five other people whilst the queues for 'American Pie 2' stretched across the auditorium. Do yourself a favour and try a foreign language movie. For those people who think French cinema involves two middle aged peasants smoking Gauloises whilst arguing about the finer points of philosophy this film will come as a revelation.

At 140 minutes perhaps the movie runs a little too long and there are one too many plot twists (there is one near the end that is VERY difficult to accept, but just wince and accept it), but it doesn't outstay its welcome.

For the English-speaking market the film has been subtitled. Sadly they seem to be quite workmanlike translations and some of the wittier dialogue isn't translated, a shame because the script (even to this very poor French speaker) sparkles. A number of misspellings and grammatical errors in the subtitles should have been caught earlier, but for once you can actually read the subtitles.

This isn't great art, it doesn't redefine the genre and it doesn't preach. Horror by is very nature is irrational, there is nothing to learn from horror (apart from don't split up a group and never go down to the basement to check why the lights went out). This movie delivers over two hours of solid entertainment, you'll probably come out with a silly grin on your face - and what more do you want?

Finally, a word of praise for the most imaginative dissolve between two shots I have ever seen - a woman's breast fading into a mountain. No doubt the women of the World are eager to find out just what Christophe Gans can do with the Eiffel Tower.

In short, I have to give 'Le Pacte des Loups' two paws up.

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