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Martyrs (2008)

R  |   |  Drama, Horror, Mystery  |  3 September 2008 (France)
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A young woman's quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Bégin ...
Robert Toupin ...
Le père
Patricia Tulasne ...
La mère
Juliette Gosselin ...
Antoine (as Xavier Dolan-Tadros)
Louise Boisvert ...
Mère d'Anna (voice)
Jean-Marie Moncelet ...
Jessie Pham ...
Lucie 10 ans
Erika Scott ...
Anna 10 ans
Isabelle Chasse ...
La créature
Emilie Miskdjian ...
La suppliciée
Tony Robinow ...
La femme bourreau


Fifteen years after a horrifying experience of abduction and prolonged torture, Lucie embarks on a bloody quest for revenge against her oppressors. Along with her childhood friend, Anna, who also suffered abuse, she quickly descends, without hope, into madness and her own delusions. Anna, left on her own begins to re-experience what Lucie did when she was only twelve years old. Written by kwedgwood@hotmail.com

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They did not finish to be alive...


Drama | Horror | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing/severe aberrant behavior involving strong bloody violence, torture, child abuse and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 September 2008 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Mártires  »

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$6,500,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In Pascal Laugier's previous film House of Voices (2004), the main character is called Anna Jurin. In Martyrs, Anna is one of the female leads' character names, whilst Lucie Jurin is the other. See more »


As the mother is kicked into the pit, a body flinches to brace itself for the impact of the mother falling on him. See more »


Mademoiselle: Lucie was only a victim. Like all the others. It's so easy to create a victim, young lady, so easy. You lock someone in a dark room. They begin to suffer. You feed that suffering. Methodically, systematically and coldly. And make it last. Your subject goes through a number of states. After a while, their trauma; that small, easily opened crack, makes them see things that don't exist.
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29 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

this film is as terrifying as anything ever released. it takes events from modern headlines and carries them to horrible, but utterly believable extremes. performances, photography, editing, score, sound design, direction are all spot on.

i live in a neighborhood where people literally get stabbed in the street, and this film scared the hell out of me. it creates a tension that is almost unbearable, and then it breaks your heart. the genius of this film is the degree to which you empathize and grow to love the protagonist(s.)

i was skeptical when i was told about how people supposedly fainted in the theater when they saw it. after watching this film, i absolutely believe it. there is one scene in particular that made me dizzy.

don't watch it alone, and don't watch it if you think horror films are supposed to make you laugh. this film will make you cry.

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