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Not a bad film. Nothing to do with a pop corn movie for Saturday
evenings with a bunch of friends. It's actually an absorbing,
intriguing but also unfortunately confusing feature, as we see today in
many horror and crime movies. Twists within twists, and I don't tell
about flashbacks within flashbacks...
I admit I am lost with all this. Perhaps I am too much cartesian. Or not smart enough.
This films begins in a way that make you think of Michael Mann's THE KEEP,where German soldiers in WW2 have to fight against an evil spirit. But the picture continues in a different direction. There are some lengths, but it's an interesting movie.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
I went to the world premiere of the French Horror film Village of
Shadows At Lincoln Center in New York.
The film concerns a bunch of college age kids who are going to the home of one of them in the country during which time they hope to unravel the mystery of a lost village. However once they approach the town things begin to go wrong and several people disappear. It also becomes clear that the town isn't as described and something terrible is going on.
Its a bloodless affair (there is no blood and guts) that goes against most French horror film trends. Its more a Grimms Fairy Tale then Horror film, but don't hold that against it. This is a film that carefully builds a sense of tension and dread by a clever use of a disjointed narrative and strong characters. a friend of mine nudged me during this film and I almost jumped out of my skin.
If the film has any flaw its that the film loses a bit of steam when it starts to wrap things up. Allowing for its flaws this is a great film for anyone who misses horror films based on situation instead of gore.
A perfect film to put on and watch with the lights turned off.
When Lucas Frantz (Axel Kiener) invites his friends to visit his
hometown Village de Ruiflec, they head in two cars to spend the
weekend. The driver Hugo Kerimba (Djedje Apali), Marion Valeyre
(Ornella Boulé), Stan and his girlfriend Katia Brezinsky (Lucia
Bruxelle) follows the car of Lucas, David Fontana (Cyrille Thouvenin),
his girlfriend Lila Paredes (Bárbara Goenaga), Marion's estranged
sister Emma Valeyre (Christa Theret) and Mathias (Jonathan Cohen)
through the lonely winding road in a rainy night. Out of the blue, Hugo
steps on the gas and overtakes the other car. Sooner, Lucas, David,
Lila, Emma and Mathias find Hugo's car left on the road with the doors
open and the passengers missing. They walk to Ruiflec to find shelter
and a telephone to call the other group. But they learn that they are
trapped in Ruiflec and an evil entity does not allow them to leave the
"Le Village des Ombres" is a promising, but not well developed story of a group of friends that travel together to spend a couple of days in a small village and they discover that they can never leave the cursed place, like in the lyrics of Eagle's "Hotel California ("Last thing I remember, I was running for the door. I had to find the passage back to the place I was before. Relax, said the night man, we are programmed to receive. You can checkout any time you like, but you can never leave!")
The acting is great, but the characters are poorly developed. The cinematography is very dark, but the pace is too slow. The art of the DVD cover is stylish. Unfortunately the plot is messy and does not work very well despite of the twists. My vote is five.
Title (Brazil): "Vila das Sombras" ("Village of the Shadows")
I had the chance to discover this movie last week!
It was very well shot, very moody... I loved the camera movement... the feeling, the lightning... Creepy but not scary! It's a story full of mystery and surprises... Not a saw or Hostel movie (that i like) but it's more "classic" in the good way... Old fashioned fantastic... (like the Sixth Sense for example)
It's french but it reminds me the new wave of "Fantastic movies" from spain.
Nice story, good directing and a good casting!
It's a "you can't miss it" movie!
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