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Release Date:
24 June 2009 (France) See more »
A group of friends on vacation decide to venture onto a trail high up in the mountains that has been closed for repairs... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Fanny Valette ... Chloé
Johan Libéreau ... Loïc
Raphaël Lenglet ... Guillaume

Nicolas Giraud ... Fred
Maud Wyler ... Karine
Justin Blanckaert ... Anton
Guilhem Simon ... L'adolescent

Directed by
Abel Ferry 
Writing credits
Johanne Bernard (scenario) &
Louis-Paul Desanges (scenario)

Produced by
Alain Benguigui .... producer
Thomas Verhaeghe .... producer
Original Music by
Jean-Pierre Taieb 
Cinematography by
Nicolas Massart 
Film Editing by
Soline Guyonneau 
Casting by
Aurélie Guichard 
Production Design by
Sébastien Inizan 
Art Direction by
Olivier Afonso 
Set Decoration by
Samantha Gordowski 
Costume Design by
Bénédicte Levraut 
Makeup Department
Jeanne Bolzinger .... sfx makeup artist
Guillaume Castagné .... sfx makeup artist
Mélanie Gerbeau-Lainé .... sfx hair stylist (as Mélanie Gerbeaux)
Nicolas Herlin .... sfx makeup artist
Laetitia Hillion .... sfx makeup artist
Arthur Humbert .... sfx makeup artist
Frédéric Lainé .... sfx make-up supervisor
Pascal Larue .... sfx makeup artist
Elodie Martin .... additional make-up
Laura Ozier .... key makeup/hair
Clément Wintz .... sfx makeup artist
Production Management
Denis Bedjaj .... additional assistant unit manager
Marc Brunet .... additional unit manager
Fabrice Cornillon .... additional assistant unit manager
Paul-Emmanuel Durand .... additional assistant unit manager (as Paul Durand)
Adelaide Enlart .... assistant production manager
Julien Flick .... unit manager
Kilian Gerhold .... assistant unit manager
Benjamin Goumard .... assistant unit manager
Nicolas Le Parlouer .... assistant unit manager
Julie Léger .... post-production manager
Christine Moarbes .... additional unit manager
Jennifer Peyrot .... assistant unit manager
Benjamin Phuong Dung .... production manager
Sylvine Salvagniac .... assistant unit manager
Olivier Thibaut .... additional assistant unit manager
Jean-Baptiste Vaccaro .... additional assistant unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Olivier Afonso .... second unit director
Jean-Baptiste Pouilloux .... first assistant director
Nicolas Quéré .... second assistant director
Art Department
Samantha Benne .... assistant production designer
Thierry Deberre .... landscape designer
Jonathan Delerue .... illustrator
Marie Deschamps .... property master (as Marie Deschamps de Pas)
Jean-Claude Giusti .... constructor
Jerome Mollard .... constructor
Franck Pompier .... constructor
Mikael Riou .... sculptor (as Mickael Riou)
Jean-Denis Riviere .... constructor
Jean-Denis Riviere .... swing gang
Thierry Tanga .... constructor
Sound Department
Christophe Colson .... sound editor
Gregoire Couzinier .... sound re-recording mixer
Gregoire Couzinier .... supervising sound designer
Joseph de Laage .... boom operator (as Joseph de Laage de Meux)
Julien Gigliotti .... second unit boom operator
Les Kouz .... sound supervisor
François Sempé .... sound mixer
Julien Sicart .... second unit sound mixer
Special Effects by
Guillaume Colas .... main titles
Cyril Hipaux .... special effects makeup
Visual Effects by
Victor Barrere .... visual effects artist
Philippe Nalet .... digital compositor
Lolet Ong .... visual effects supervisor
Emmanuel Lanzi .... fight choregrapher
Michaël Troude .... fight performer (as Mickael Troudé)
Patrick Vo .... fight performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Simon Bourrat .... video operator
Stéphane Cresta .... key grip
Sylvain Curial .... electrician
Marie-Sophie Daniel .... second assistant camera
Yoann de Montgrand .... additional second assistant camera
Denis Gaubert .... second unit assistant camera
Sebastien Gaulon .... additional electrician
Aissa Lahoucine .... gaffer
Olivier Leblanc .... crane operator
Alexandre Léglise .... first assistant camera
Michel Monnaie .... additional electrician
Emmanuel Plumecocq .... electrician
Mickael Plumecocq .... additional electrician
Jean-Baptiste Pouilloux .... camera operator: "b" camera (as Jean Baptiste Pouilloux)
Benjamin Rame .... grip
Thierry Thuillier .... second unit camera
Laurence Trémolet .... still photographer
Thomas Valaeys .... grip
Casting Department
Sonia Cascino .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Solenne Capmas .... additional costumer
Marion Gaffiero .... additional costumer
Cécile Guiot .... costume preparation
Charlotte Lebourgeois .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Jimmy Christophe .... color timer
Richard Deusy .... colorist
Pascal Massonneau .... color timer
Edouard Perchet .... assistant editor
Other crew
Marion Busque .... production assistant
Julie Daniel .... production assistant
Juliette Dubois .... production assistant
Ludovic Duclary .... development executive: Sombrero (as Ludovic du Clary)
Isabelle Fauvel .... development consultant: Initiative Film (as Isabelle Fauvelle)
Myassa Kerrad .... production assistant
Nicolas Leprêtre .... production assistant
Jean-Baptiste Ouvrard-Pascaud .... location manager
Adrien Overlot .... production accountant
Lisa-Nina Rives .... script supervisor
Benoit Vautrin .... making-of
Capucine Violet .... development executive: Gaumont
Rodolphe Guglielmi .... the director wishes to thank
Teddy Percherancier .... the director wishes to thank

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Also Known As:
"Vertige" - France (original title)
"Dead Cliff" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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France:90 min | Germany:82 min (uncut)
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89 out of 119 people found the following review useful.
Unwatchable dreck, 28 December 2009
Author: baba44713 from Croatia

When I heard about some french horror situated in Croatia, I was overjoyed. Beautiful Croatian scenery combined with exciting climbing scenes coupled with a classic slasher plot line.. perfect movie for the Sunday night.

Boy, was I wrong.

First of all, yes, I knew beforehand that the movie was an utter ripoff of Descent/Wrong Turn. However I like both of those movies and am not necessarily against ripping off if it is done well - after all, it's hard to film a slasher flick and be original. Unfortunately, Vertige does it anything BUT well.

Right off the bat, we are introduced to the most unlikeable bunch of future cannon fodder you have ever seen. It doesn't help that they are as one-dimensional as possible - you have a "climber", "climber's girlfriend", a girl who is a "doctor", "doctor's hunky ex-boyfriend" and "doctor's current vertigo-ridden boyfriend". This is as far as the movie goes with characterizations. Oh, and I forgot, they are also utter morons with a survival instinct of a lobotomized dodo. It also doesn't help that the actors portraying those characters, are, well, let's say that they should perhaps try to find some other ventures in the future. Especially the vertigo guy who constantly mixes "being scared" expression with the "heavily constipated" one.

After realizing that, barring some miracle, I'm stuck with these folks for an hour and a half, I at least settled in the notion that I will be looking at some nice Risnjak scenery. Tough luck - whoever made this flick probably chose "Croatia" and "Risnjak" purely because they sound sorta exotic - the scenery doesn't look anything like Croatia's National Park of the same name - strike two.

But there's the plot, right? *Sigh*. Our gang decides to go via some "closed down" route with the "longest footbridge in Europe". By the way, Croatians have built this longest footbridge as a part of the route that goes absolutely nowhere. This is a plot point.

Once they cross the footbridge, it falls apart despite being clearly shown as made from shiny new parts and having at least five redundant safety wires. Well, that's Croatians for you, not only do they build Europe's longest footbridges to nowhere, they also create bridge support points out of legos and spit.

This is the first half of the movie, with the thrills mostly having to do with the oh-so-irritating vertigo guy hyperventilating and falling over ledges (remember, legos and spit). The second half introduces some insane Croat called Anton Zukarech (which sounds as Croatian as "John Wayne", but I digress). This guy starts killing the poor French idiots, because, uh, well, just because. And it's hard NOT to root for him because our hikers do all but tattoo "cut here" lines on their necks and bicker about who gets to bite the dust first.

The rest of the movie is mostly listening to groans and screams, watching our heroes acting like idiots some more for the plot to plod forward, witnessing painfully obvious continuity mistakes (trivia fact: in Croatia it takes ten minutes to go from midnight to high noon) and God is this movie ever going to end.. Anton, man, what's taking you so long?

After the last scene (groan), cue the final insult - the director chose to inform us that there are "3270 unexplained disappearances in the Balkans". I don't even have to check for the fact that this talentless hack pulled this number out of his ass, mostly because "Balkans" is probably the hardest geographical region to define and would hardly be used in any statistics. I guess he didn't want to anger the Croats too much and blatantly fabricate some statistical data about imaginary disappearances in Croatia itself. Too late, he already angered not just Croats but everyone else duped into seeing this dreck.

I have utterly disliked this movie. There are no scares, no thrills, there is some gore if you are into that sort of thing, but most of the time the movie is nearly unwatchable. The protagonists are paper-thin characters who are so unbelievably irritating you are actively rooting for Anton to put them out of their misery, which cannot happen soon enough. Seriously, seeing this movie through in one sitting is an exercise in masochism.

I give it a 2/10, mostly because it's short and some of the scenery is nice (although it's not Croatia but French Alps). But you are SO better off watching Descent or Wrong Turn instead. Or any other American slasher B-movie for that matter.

P.S. In the last five years, 1,457 French doctors had random flashbacks that have had nothing to do with anything whatsoever.

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