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Frontier(s) (2007)

Frontière(s) (original title)
Unrated | | Horror | 23 January 2008 (France)
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A gang of young thieves flee Paris during the violent aftermath of a political election, only to hole up at an Inn run by neo-Nazis.

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Xavier Gens

Writer:

Xavier Gens
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Karina Testa ... Yasmine
Samuel Le Bihan ... Goetz
Estelle Lefébure ... Gilberte
Aurélien Wiik ... Alex
David Saracino David Saracino ... Tom
Chems Dahmani Chems Dahmani ... Farid
Maud Forget ... Eva
Amélie Daure ... Klaudia
Rosine Favey Rosine Favey ... La mere
Adel Bencherif ... Sami
Joël Lefrançois ... Hans
Patrick Ligardes Patrick Ligardes ... Karl
Jean-Pierre Jorris ... Von Geisler
Stéphane Jacquot Stéphane Jacquot ... Policeman
Christine Culerier Christine Culerier ... Nurse
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Storyline

In Paris, during the riots due to the election of a conservative candidate to the presidency of France, a group of four muslim small-time criminal teenagers from the periphery; Alex, Tom, Farid, the pregnant Yasmine, and her brother Sami, plan to run away from Paris to Amsterdam with a bag full of robbed money. However, Sami is shot and the group split up, with Alex and Yasmine going to the emergency hospital with Sami while Tom and Farid head to the border with the money. Tom and Farid decide to stop in a bed and breakfast nearby the frontier, and are hosted by Gilberte and Klaudia that offer free room and sex to the newcomers. They call Alex and Yasmine who are fleeing from Paris to join them in the inn. But soon they discover that their hosts are sadistic cannibals of a Nazi family led by the deranged patriarch and former SS officer and Nazi war criminal Le Von Geisler who plans to make Yasmine the brood mare for a new Aryan master race. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Country:

France | Switzerland

Language:

French | German

Release Date:

23 January 2008 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Frontier(s) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$512,000, 11 November 2007

Gross USA:

$97,182

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,783,535
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Banned in Thailand for its violence. See more »

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After Yasmine escapes from the house and takes the elevator down into the shafts below, she leaves the outer elevator gate open, which is seen as the elevator is recalled to the surface by Karl. Later, after she kills Goetz on the table saw, Karl exits the elevator into the shaft, having to open the outer gate again, which is now closed. See more »

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[first lines]
Yasmine: My name is Yasmine. I'm three months pregnant. One day, someone said "Men are born free with equal rights". The world in which I live is the opposite. Who would want to be born to grow up in the chaos and the hate? I've decided to spare him the worst.
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Alternate Versions

The German versions had to be cut to be released at all. The rental version was cut by ca. 3 minutes to secure a light SPIO/JK approval, whereas the retail version was cut by ca. 7 minutes for a "Not under 18" FSK rating. See more »

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Deesse Africaine
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Extremely derivative, but awesome nonetheless
11 January 2009 | by amazing_sincodekSee all my reviews

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is credited with revolutionizing the horror genre. Many subsequent films emulated its brutally, psychologically violent approach. And a few subsequent films have just ripped it off.

Accordingly, I've generated a checklist to evaluate whether and how well modern horror films rip off the TCM. (I'm kidding, BTW. I'm making this "checklist" up on the spot.)

Qualification checklist:

--Crazy family of murderers? (Check.)

--Butchery of the dead? (Check.)

--Emphasis on realism and brutality? (Check.)

--A scene where someone thinks they've escaped the family and gotten help, only to discover that the person they're getting help from is also part of the family? (Check.)

So, yes. Frontier(s) definitely qualifies as a TCM rip off. But how good is it? Pretty darn good. Good enough to offend you. Good enough to keep you on the edge of your seat, even though you've seen it a million times before. Good enough, perhaps, to make you cringe. Highly recommended, if that's your sort of thing. Not really as gory as some films, but it certainly has enough brutality to stand among the best of them.

Of course, it takes a lot more to shock us today than it did in the 70s. Accordingly, my quality evaluation checklist bears little resemblance to the shocks from the original TCM.

Quality Evaluation:

--Pregnant women gets punched in the face? (Check.)

--Severed tendons? (Check.)

--Someone gets ruined with a buzzsaw? (Check.)

--Exploding head? (Check.)

--Boobs? (Sort of. I recall seeing a boob for about half a second in the latter half of the film, and earlier in the movie there's a nonsensical, fast-paced sex scene with music video style editing. I can't remember if any breasts are bared in this early scene.)

So, all in all, it's pretty good.

On a parting note. Others have compared it to Hostel and to High Tension; I think these are inappropriate comparisons. The film's structure is much more similar to TCM. Hostel is divided distinctly into two sections, with the first half being a fantasy wonderland and the second half being its seedy underside. High Tension is pretty much one situation happening for an hour and half. Frontier(s), like TCM, is a downward spiral for the first 45 minutes or so, and then an extended climax that maintains its intensity right up until perhaps 30 seconds before the credits roll.


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