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Gérald Laroche ...
Carrère
Philippe Laudenbach ...
Lassalle
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Marcus
Dimitri Rataud ...
Didier Bénureau ...
Hippolyte Picus
Félicia Massoni ...
Claire Carrère
Geoffrey Carey ...
Charles Danvers
Paul-Alexandre Bardela ...
Hugo Carrère
Boris Lutz ...
Danvers jeune
Nelson Jourdan ...
Danvers enfant
César Castagné-Favali ...
Danvers bébé
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Benjamin Haddad ...
Le Gardien de Prison 1
Thierry Cazal ...
Le Gardien de Prison 2
Olivier Bouana ...
Le Gardien de Prison 3
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In a penitentiary, four prisoners occupy a cell: Carrère, who used his company to commit a fraud and was betrayed by his wife; the drag Marcus and his protégée, the intellectually disabled Paquerette, who ate his six months sister; and the intellectual, Lassalle who killed his wife. One night, Carrère finds an ancient journal hidden in a hole in the wall of the cell. They realize that the book was written by Danvers in the beginning of the last century and is about black magic. They decide to read and use its content to escape from the prison, when they find the truth about Danvers' fate. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Thrilling and Disturbing
25 June 2005 | by (Switzerland) – See all my reviews

Well, magic works in mysterious ways. This movie about 4 prisoners, trying to escape with the help of spells, written by another prisoner centuries ago was a superb occult thriller with a surprising end and lots of suspense. Even if it had something of a theater-play (almost everything happens in the cell) it never got boring and it was acted very well. In the tradition of "Cube" you felt trapped with the Characters and even if they were criminal, you developed some sympathy with some of them, only to change your mind by the twists the story takes. Some happenings catched you off guard and there was always a touch of insanity in the air. Altogether intense and entertaining and as I didn't expect anything (a friend rented it), it was a positive surprise!


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