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Sombre (1998)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror | 27 January 1999 (France)
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 ... See full summary »
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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
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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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French

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27 January 1999 (France) See more »

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Dunkle Triebe See more »

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Dolby SR

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Color
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Bela Lugosi's Dead
Written by Daniel Ash, Kevin Haskins (as Kevin Dompe), Peter Murphy and David J (as David J. Haskins)
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Panic attacks
24 February 2012 | by jarmic6See all my reviews

Far from morality and any kind of convention, Sombre is a film that's all about seeing the world through the eyes of a killer. Sound and image on the hand of Grandrieux are combined into something that can only be described as a simulation of a panic attack.

The film is basically about a travelling puppeteer who kills women just before having sex them. Most of these women are prostitutes or strippers and it's natural that when he meets one whose concern is not to arouse him sexually, he finds himself unable to treat her the same. While that may seem contrived, Grandrieux is more concerned with the idea to travelling or moving than the actual story. The plot is there to follow all the changing locations and scenery and along with that the evolving emotions of the two main characters. It's actually real interesting to see that the film suggests that move is most likely the most natural human act, in the sense that being in motion is a type of struggle (interior or exterior) which is the only road to evolution and completion.


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