White Skin (2004)
"La peau blanche" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, Horror, Mystery  |  17 March 2005 (Singapore)
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Two roommates discover that the family of one of their girlfriends is populated with vampires.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marc Paquet ...
Thierry Richard
Claire Lefrançois
Frédéric Pierre ...
Henri Dieudonné
Marquise Lefrançois (as Jessica Malka)
Isabel Lefrançois
Lise Roy ...
Diane Lefrançois
Joujou Turenne ...
Janvier, Marie-Pierre
Raymond Cloutier ...
Professeur Théorêt
Marcel Sabourin ...
Dr. Paul-Émile Gagnon
Jude-Antoine Jarda ...
Anna Beaupré Moulounda ...
Isabelle Guérard ...
Manon la prostituée
Fayolle Jean ...
Porte Parole Haïtien
Chantal Baril ...
Infirmière en chef
Mireille Metellus ...
Mère d'Henri


Thierry has just become acquainted with Claire, and already he is deeply in love with her - even if she has the one characteristic he doesn't like in a woman: very pale skin. Despite Claire's attempts to dissuade him, they are fatally attracted to each other. Thierry is obsessed with her, and his best friend Henri sees him physically and mentally decaying. When Thierry finds out that Claire's sister had tried to kill Henri in a hotel, he realizes he knows very little about her, and about the mysterious genetic laws of heredity. Written by delt_

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Rated R for perverse violence and sexuality/nudity, and for some language | See all certifications »




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17 March 2005 (Singapore)  »

Also Known As:

Cannibal  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

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| (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

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1.85 : 1
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A Nutshell Review: La Peau Blanche aka White Skin
19 March 2005 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

The title of this film doesn't give you a clue as to what it wants to tell. "White Skin" opens with a conversation between two friends, Thierry and Henri (yeah, those of you who know me will know that I am grinning at this - Arsenal's star player is called Thierry Henry, but no, it doesn't make any inference here), they're talking about being coloured (Henri is black, Theirry is white), and touch on racism.

This film doesn't pretend that it's not preaching about this topic, but at times when they talk about it, you can't seem to help but think the filmmakers are trying, though without success, to deliver some kind of message across. Peppered throughout the show are conversations that touch upon skin colour, race, "The Original Man", etc.

But looking at the theatrical poster, one might be fooled into thinking it's an out and out horror film about new vampires. It isn't.

For those who dove head-on into this film, it'll be kinda confusing at first, as the narrative at times doesn't seem to lead anywhere. The first 5 minutes shows the chums engaging with hookers, and all hell breaks loose when Henri is stabbed with a knife by one of the prostitutes. It is also within this 5 minutes that we learn of Thierry's dislike for brunettes (again, not that it is a major plot point or adds to the narrative). However, he finds himself being drawn towards a brunette called Claire in his University, whom he fist laid eyes on when she was busking at the underground metro.

They become bed buddies, and although Thierry wants more than sex in a relationship, Claire seemed to be satisfied with the state of things - kind of a role reversal here. She's hiding something from him, and it's not until the last third of the film that we realize what it is, and it's not cancer as originally thought. Sticking to my concept of reviewing, I shall not dwell into the plot from this point on, as it'll lead to major spoilers.

This show positions itself more as a thriller and not your outright horror show with ugly monsters, musical crescendos, loud bangs at right moments and blood splattering all over. We are left with wondering what the big secret is, but the slow pace of the film makes it quite a stretch in a theatre seat. Many subplots go undeveloped, or gets lagged as a red herring. Things go full circle when the chums get figuratively haunted by the prostitute who stabbed Henri.

This is recommended for one of those lazy weekends when you really got nothing else better to do. So set your expectations right, and don't expect too many memorable scenes from this movie, though it is compensated by a relatively good looking cast.

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