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Danse macabre (2009)

For a period of time, while we believe it to be perfectly still, lifeless flesh responds, stirs and contorts in a final macabre ballet. Are these spasms merely erratic motions or do they echo the chaotic twists and turns of a past life?



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Credited cast:
Anne Bruce Falconer


Suspended over the mortician's porcelain embalming table by a thick rope, the lifeless body of an unfortunate young woman sways freely awaiting cremation. Like an exquisite eerie dancer, the naked body contorts gracefully as the funeral director drains it from its once vital fluids, composing a languid and tragic macabre ballet, just before the cleansing embrace of the fierce scarlet flames. But is this the end or the beginning? Written by Nick Riganas

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A chilling death sets the stage for a dark choreography.


Short | Drama | Horror


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Release Date:

4 April 2009 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Makavrios Choros  »

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2.35 : 1
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1 November 2009 | by See all my reviews

Caught this gem of a short at the Montreal SPASM festival during their Halloween horror night, and even if the crowd is usually drunk and looking for gore and laughs, everyone was stunned to respectful silence.

DANSE MACABRE is an exquisitely shot film, with breathtaking compositions.

This short, because of it's delicate and disturbing subject matter, is not for all tastes, but no one could argue that the director has an extraordinary mastery of the cinematic language and is a HUGE talent to look out for.

Death has never been so beautiful, I hope the director dives into a feature very soon.

Highly recommended. 10/10

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