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The French Doors (2002)

A man installs a set of French doors during a renovation. What he doesn't know is that the doors harbour a secret. A dark secret...



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Somewhere in the wild and rugged landscapes of New Zealand, a solitary man decides to renovate his house with a lot of personal work. As the renovation progresses, the man installs a set of second-hand French doors in his new home, only to discover an altered reality the next morning. Should he explore further the anomaly? Written by Nick Riganas

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11 April 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La porte-fenêtre  »

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Screened at the following film festivals: Locarno (2002), Melbourne (2002), the Lyons Short Film Festival (2002), Leeds International Film Festival (2005). See more »


Performed by The Subliminals
From the album "United State"
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Creepy and scary - jumped straight into my 5 favourite shorts
14 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

A young New Zealander has bought a rural home and is fixing it up. He takes delivery of an old set of French doors and easily fits them in his home. He awakens in the morning to a beautiful sunny day, however the room with the French doors is dark and outside is pitch black. When he goes into his kitchen and looks out he only sees daylight but outside viewed through his doors is pitch black. He ventures outside with a lamp to find the meaning of this dark view.

Simple idea wonderfully done. What can I say about this without taking away from it's shock and it's sheer sense of unease. The plot is as simple as I've described above and it's over far too quickly. The idea is wonderful and the direction created such unease within me that the actual pay off was both scary and very unnerving.

The cast are good as I totally bought the guy as a normal guy and not an actor acting scared. My only complaint is `would he really have gone out those doors'? man - I would have rung all my friends to come over and would have stayed outside in the light till they were all there!

I can't say no more about this as it's strength is you being unsure where it's going. However even when you've seen it twice or so, the air of creepiness is still worth experiencing again.

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