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Sombre (1998)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror | 27 January 1999 (France)
A sexually frustrated serial killer takes a liking to a woman he comes across.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marc Barbé Marc Barbé ... Jean
Elina Löwensohn ... Claire
Géraldine Voillat Géraldine Voillat ... Christine
Coralie Coralie ... La première femme
Maxime Mazzolini Maxime Mazzolini ... L'enfant aux yeux bandés
Alexandra Noël Alexandra Noël ... La seconde femme
Annick Lemonnier Annick Lemonnier ... La troisième femme
Sadija Sada Sarcevic Sadija Sada Sarcevic ... La mère de Claire
Lea Civello Lea Civello ... Fille de la boîte de nuit 1
Astrid Combes Astrid Combes ... Fille de la boîte de nuit 2
Sylvie Granato Sylvie Granato ... La quatrième femme
Tony Baillargeat Tony Baillargeat ... Homme du bal 2
Marc Berman Marc Berman ... Homme du bal 1
Martine Vandeville Martine Vandeville ... La femme du HLM
Antoine Debilly Antoine Debilly ... L'enfant du HLM


A car, following the Tour de France. Children screaming in front of the puppet show. Women, often prostitutes, trying to scream as they are being strangled. Then he will meet Claire, the virgin who will give herself to him, and perhaps deliver him from his malediction. Written by Gregoire Dubost <gregoire.dubost@polytechnique.fr>

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The peaceful French countryside from the perspective of a serial killer
5 January 2000 | by jandeakkerSee all my reviews

I saw this film at the Rotterdam Film Festival. The response to this film was divided. Some people applauded, others left the theater before the movie ended. It definitely was a film that hit me. The roughness of the cuts, sounds and lighting, in combination with very few dialogues and conversations, brings about an eerie atmosphere. This is not exactly the peaceful and jolly French countryside as shown in the average travel magazine one would take a glance at! Grandieux makes it look like a hideous, dark place, which (to my mind) suggest the acts of the main character are in some way influenced by that atmosphere. The strongest point of this movie, is the absence of any moral content. ´Why´ is not a question that Grandieux has tried to bring across to the viewers. It is precisely this lack of moral content that frightens some spectators. I can imagine that. However, they cannot deny that it is a very original film. In spite of the fact that the ´serial murderer theme´ can be found in many movies, the approach to this theme is completely different in this film. This is definitely a film which I will remember! I think people will either love it or hate it -I suppose the majority of people will be ´haters´-, actually I am surprised it made some Dutch cinemas. I recommend this film to anyone who likes original, non conventional movies. Give it a try. If you hate it: a VCR has an eject button.

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