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High Tension (2003)

Haute tension (original title)
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Best friends Marie and Alexia decide to spend a quiet weekend at Alexia's parents' secluded farmhouse. But on the night of their arrival, the girls' idyllic getaway turns into an endless night of horror.

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Alexandre Aja
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Cécile de France ... Marie (as Cécile De France)
Maïwenn ... Alexia
Philippe Nahon ... Le tueur
Franck Khalfoun ... Jimmy
Andrei Finti ... Père Alex
Oana Pellea ... Mère Alex
Marco Claudiu Pascu Marco Claudiu Pascu ... Tom
Jean-Claude de Goros Jean-Claude de Goros ... Capitaine Gendarmerie
Bogdan Uritescu Bogdan Uritescu ... Gendarme
Gabriel Spahiu ... Homme voiture
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Storyline

Alexia travels with her friend Marie to spend a couple of days with her family in their farm in the country. They arrive late and they are welcomed by Alexia's father. Late in the night, a sadistic and sick killer breaks into the farmhouse, slaughters Alexia's family--including their dog--and kidnaps Alexia. Marie hides from the criminal and tries to help the hysterical and frightened Alexia, chase the maniac, and disclose his identity in the end. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Hearts will bleed.

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphic bloody killings, terror, sexual content and language. | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

France | Italy | Romania

Language:

French | English | Italian

Release Date:

10 June 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

High Tension See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€2,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$246,140 (Italy), 10 June 2005

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,897,705, 12 June 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$3,681,066
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Alexandre Films,EuropaCorp See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD) | (re-cut) | (edited)

Sound Mix:

DTS | SDDS (US version)| Dolby Digital (US version)| Dolby Digital EX (original version)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to Alexandre Aja the scene where Marie hides from the killer in the gas station restroom is a homage to a similar scene in Maniac (1980). See more »

Goofs

When the killer is pumping gas at the station, the number of clicks of the pump does not match the amount of gas being dispensed. See more »

Quotes

Alexia: The problem is, he's got a girlfriend he doesn't want to split up with.
Marie: Why are you so interested, then?
Alexia: Someone who's taken must be worth it. I'm skeptical of single guys.
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Alternate Versions

German rental version was cut by 67 seconds for a JK/SPIO approval. Retail version was cut even more (ca. 1 minute) to qualify for a "Not under 18" rating from the FSK. See more »

Connections

References Tenebre (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

A toutes les filles
(Lyrics: Félix Gray - Composer: Didier Barbelivien)
(p) 1990 Yearling Productions
(c) Zone Music
By kind permission of Félix Gray et Didier Barbelivien
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Not a pretty sight -- **POSSIBLE SPOILERS**
23 October 2005 | by LondonOnMyMindSee all my reviews

As a horror film fan, I have wanted to see "High Tension" for a while, ever since I saw the delectably violent trailer and clips. It does not disappoint in the gory violence department, but I found it to be too short, with an abrupt ending. Still, the film is a haunting exploration of the darkest corners of the human psyche; a portrait that doubles, or maybe masquerades, as a slasher.

Cécile De France is good in the role of Marie, showing grit, nerve and, dare I say, tension when the role calls for it. Maïwenn Le Besco is also good as Alex, although her role does not demand much from her, except for a few scenes of considerable emotional range.

Two of the best aspects of the film are its cinematography and music. Cinematographer Maxime Alexandre paints the film in bluish, metallic, detached hues, that contribute to the effects of truly unapologetic on-screen violence. Composer François Eudes' score is an audio picture of disturbed peace and chaos brewing in the idyll of normalcy. Had it not been for these two elements, the film would not have been half as effective.

"High Tension" is not a must-see film by any means, but it is a must for art-house and horror film fans.

7/10


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