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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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Storyline

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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En sortirez-vous vivant?


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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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Box Office

Budget:

EUR1,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$398,016
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie's tagline means "Are you going to get out alive?". See more »

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Referenced in Entre quatre murs (2003) See more »

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Thrilling and Disturbing
25 June 2005 | by SilberfalkeSee all my reviews

Well, magic works in mysterious ways. This movie about 4 prisoners, trying to escape with the help of spells, written by another prisoner centuries ago was a superb occult thriller with a surprising end and lots of suspense. Even if it had something of a theater-play (almost everything happens in the cell) it never got boring and it was acted very well. In the tradition of "Cube" you felt trapped with the Characters and even if they were criminal, you developed some sympathy with some of them, only to change your mind by the twists the story takes. Some happenings catched you off guard and there was always a touch of insanity in the air. Altogether intense and entertaining and as I didn't expect anything (a friend rented it), it was a positive surprise!


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