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Them (2006)

Ils (original title)
Lucas and Clementine live peacefully in their isolated country house, but one night they wake up to strange noise... they're not alone... and a group of hooded assailants begin to terrorize them throughout the night.

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Complete credited cast:
Adriana Mocca ...
Ilona (as Adriana Moca)
Maria Roman ...
Camelia Maxim ...
Alexandru Boghiu ...
Emanuel Stefanuc ...
Adolescent n°1
Horia Ioan ...
Adolescent n°2
Stefan Cornic ...
Adolescent n°3
George Iulian ...
Adolescent n°4


Clémentine, a teacher in a French School in Bucharest, lives with her husband, Lucas, in a remote real estate in Snagov. During the night, Clémentine is woken by weird noises outside their house, and Lucas sees their car being stolen. The lights are turned off, the phones are disconnected and they see that they are no longer alone. When weird lights appear outside, they hide in the cellar and try to ask for help from what could be a dreadful night of pure terror... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Horror | Thriller

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Rated R for some violence and terror | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 July 2006 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Them  »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$4,025, 26 April 2007, Limited Release
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2.35 : 1
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The house used in the film was an actual sprawling old estate in Bucharest, Romania. The house was so large that the production was unable to furnish all the rooms for shooting, but it was also large enough that the entire production worked out of the location. See more »


When "They" (of "Them") first ring the house the telephone ringer is the classic European electronic bell signal from the last thirty years or so. However when Clem answers the phone the device clangs like an analogue phone would have sounded from the phones of 70 years before that. Then again, when she puts the receiver down, it clangs again like an antique phone. See more »


[last lines]
Child: We just want to play! Why won't you ley us? Let us! Will you let us?
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Referenced in Viande d'origine française (2009) See more »

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They did not Want to Play With Us
13 December 2007 | by See all my reviews

The teacher of the French School in Bucharest Clémentine (Olivia Bonamy) lives with her husband, the writer Lucas (Michaël Cohen), in a remote real estate in Snagow. Along the night, Clémentine is awakened by weird noises outside the old house and Lucas sees their car being stolen. Then the lights are turned off, phone line is dead and they see that their property gate has been trespassed and they are surrounded by weird persons with lights. They hide in the cellar and try to escape to ask for help in a dreadful night of pure terror.

The unknown "Ils" is one of the scariest movies I have ever seen, almost comparable to Michael Haneke"s "Funny Games". The story of this low-budget movie is very simple, does not have special effects and apparently is based on a true story, but the direction of David Moreau and Xavier Palud is stunning, supported by the awesome and credible performances of Olivia Bonamy and Michaël Cohen that make the difference with most of the American movies of this genre. I was tense and nervous with the frightening atmosphere of this film. The alienation of the youngsters "them" in the end is perhaps the scariest part of this gem of horror. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Eles" ("Them")

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