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Frontier(s) (2007)
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A gang of young thieves flee Paris during the violent aftermath of a political election, only to hole up at an Inn run by neo-Nazis.

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In Paris, during the riots due to the election of a conservative candidate to the presidency of France, a group of four muslim small-time criminal teenagers from the periphery; Alex, Tom, Farid, the pregnant Yasmine, and her brother Sami, plan to run away from Paris to Amsterdam with a bag full of robbed money. However, Sami is shot and the group split up, with Alex and Yasmine going to the emergency hospital with Sami while Tom and Farid head to the border with the money. Tom and Farid decide to stop in a bed and breakfast nearby the frontier, and are hosted by Gilberte and Klaudia that offer free room and sex to the newcomers. They call Alex and Yasmine who are fleeing from Paris to join them in the inn. But soon they discover that their hosts are sadistic cannibals of a Nazi family led by the deranged patriarch and former SS officer and Nazi war criminal Le Von Geisler who plans to make Yasmine the brood mare for a new Aryan master race. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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In the middle of the movie, when Farid escapes to the basement, he hits Karl in the face with a sledgehammer and knocks him down. Then, in the next scene Karl is sitting at the dinner table, with no mark of that stroke on his face. See more »

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Yasmine: My name is Yasmine. I'm three months pregnant. One day, someone said "Men are born free with equal rights". The world in which I live is the opposite. Who would want to be born to grow up in the chaos and the hate? I've decided to spare him the worst.
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I wish my family dinners were this intense
12 August 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Very rarely a film is as good as its poster, "The Return" for example was an excellent poster but reflected the film in the slightest possible way. But "Frontier(s)" is as good as it looks, everything you see on that poster you will get in the film and much much more. This is a horror masterpiece, it's epic and perfect. If you're a horror lover you must, must, MUST see this film! Let's get the complaints out the way first. The most popular complaint is how the film isn't original and that it borrows off popular slashers most notably "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre". How can this be when it is not set in Texas and there isn't a chainsaw in sight? Yes it has a family of cannibals but so does "The Hills Have Eyes" and "Wrong Turn". Plus this has been made original by putting Nazis into the frame, adding another sadistic dimension. This is the best slasher that has come out in absolute years so don't sit there complaining about it! This is beautiful and perfect. Accept it.

You know a film is going to be good when there is a lot of sharp objects lying around for the characters to pick up and injure someone with it. If you like your gore and gruesome/creative kills then "Frontier(s)" is definitely for you, just be sure to get the unrated version if you're living in America. This is jam-packed with outrageous carnage and features my favourite death scene EVER! Bear in mind I have seen a hell of a lot of horror films. I won't give it away but you'll know what I'm talking about when you see it. (Wink wink).

Let's get down to the nitty gritty. This isn't just a complete gorefest, otherwise I wouldn't of given it a perfect 10 out of 10. No this actually has a very in-depth storyline and features some clever parallels between the France riots and the carnage at the cannibals farmhouse. Xavier Gens has written a solid screenplay, that is genuinely frightening and feels absolutely epic! I did not want "Frontier(s)" to end. This is an emotionally driven story with in-depth characters, who in the beginning seem mindless criminals but actually end up to be people who we care about, a hard thing to do but Xavier cracks it! For those of you who are prejudging Xavier on "Hitman" (which I actually thought was an OK film) his directing this time is out of this world! Xavier seems like he feels much more comfortable in the land of horror than the barren island of action. "Frontier(s)" boasts brilliant cinematography, brilliant pacing and absolutely fantastic directing. The look of "Frontier(s)" is beautiful, the colours are sensational. Xavier takes us on a ride with the characters. Very much like "Inside" (another French masterpiece) rather than just watching people go through hell, we're going through hell WITH them. Which I know doesn't sound too attractive but is exactly what you want in a horror film. It feels like a journey that just makes you want to cry at the end. (I nearly did, but don't worry I'm digging a hole for myself where I can be forgotten).

The set-pieces are brilliant. Xavier has really gone to town with the budget, we've got incredible sets like the hostel, the farmhouse, the claustrophobic mine, the chilling elevator and perfectly lighted hall. Everything is perfect! It's not only just good to look at either, because there is intelligent writing and unforgettable characters. It's also really well acted, notably "The Father" who is incredibly menacing as the families head SS Nazi and probably one of the best screen villains for a long time. The lady who plays Yas is also impressively intense.

Talking of intense, "Frontier(s)" boasts a choking atmosphere, the dinner scene is really intense, it almost feels as if in parts you're actually being blown away! I could feel a big gust of wind brushing against my hair whenever someone went outside. This might've been because I had the window open (I didn't really that was a joke!). What also adds to the emotional atmosphere is the incredible music. The music during the banquet is amazingly intense in the way "Lux Antana" (not sure how you spell it) makes "Requiem For A Dream" so epic. (I should note that I don't say epic very often because it reminds me of David Otter who is a complete t***.) "Frontier(s)" is so good that I had chills at the end. It also has the watch-ability factor, once you've gotten over the intensity you'll want to watch it again straight away (I've seen it 5 times now). It's one of the best examples of modern horror in a long time. You want a good horror film? Leave it to the French!


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