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Maléfique (2002)

Not Rated | | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery | 7 May 2003 (France)
Four prisoners find an ancient diary in the wall of their cell which might be the key to getting out.

Director:

Eric Valette

Writers:

Alexandre Charlot (scenario), Franck Magnier (scenario) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gérald Laroche Gérald Laroche ... Carrère
Philippe Laudenbach ... Lassalle
Clovis Cornillac ... Marcus
Dimitri Rataud Dimitri Rataud ... Pâquerette
Didier Bénureau Didier Bénureau ... Hippolyte Picus
Félicia Massoni Félicia Massoni ... Claire Carrère
Geoffrey Carey Geoffrey Carey ... Charles Danvers
Paul-Alexandre Bardela Paul-Alexandre Bardela ... Hugo Carrère
Boris Lutz Boris Lutz ... Danvers jeune
Nelson Jourdan Nelson Jourdan ... Danvers enfant
César Castagné-Favali César Castagné-Favali ... Danvers bébé
Yves Arnault ... Le Directeur
Benjamin Haddad Benjamin Haddad ... Le Gardien de Prison 1
Thierry Cazal Thierry Cazal ... Le Gardien de Prison 2
Olivier Bouana Olivier Bouana ... Le Gardien de Prison 3
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In a penitentiary, four prisoners occupy a cell: Carrère, who used his company to commit a fraud and was betrayed by his wife; the drag Marcus and his protégée, the intellectually disabled Paquerette, who ate his six months sister; and the intellectual, Lassalle who killed his wife. One night, Carrère finds an ancient journal hidden in a hole in the wall of the cell. They realize that the book was written by Danvers in the beginning of the last century and is about black magic. They decide to read and use its content to escape from the prison, when they find the truth about Danvers' fate. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

7 May 2003 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A mágikus könyv See more »

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Budget:

EUR1,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$398,016
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Dolby SR

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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During the preproduction, a producer, thinking books were outdated, asked to replace the black magic book found by prisoners by an e-book. See more »

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Referenced in Viande d'origine française (2009) See more »

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Original, Intriguing and Claustrophobic French Low-Budget Horror Movie
7 April 2005 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In a penitentiary, four prisoners occupy a cell: Carrère (Gérald Laroche), who used his company to commit a fraud and was betrayed by his wife; the drag Lassalle (Philippe Laudenbach) and his protégée, the retarded Pâquerette (Dimitri Rataud), who ate his six months sister; and the intellectual Marcus (Clovis Cornillac), who killed his wife. One night, Carrère finds an ancient journal hidden in a hole in the wall of the cell. They realize that the book was written by Danvers (Geoffrey Carey) in the beginning of the last century and is about black magic. They decide to read and use its content to escape from the prison, when they find the truth about Danvers' fate. "Maléfique" is an original, intriguing and claustrophobic French low-budget horror movie. The story is practically in the same location, does not have any clichés and hooks the attention of the viewer until the last scene. I am a great fan of French cinema, usually romances, dramas and police stories, but I noted that recently I have seen some good French horror movies, such as "Un Jeu d' Enfants", "Belphegor" and "Dead End". My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Sinais do Mal" ("Signs of the Evil")


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