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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 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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Horror

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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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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

(at around 1h 00 mins) After Von Geisler uses the pliers on the back of Alex's leg, he laughs and uses the phrase "Arbeit macht frei." This phrase, loosely translated as "work makes you free," is the infamous motto that was posted at the front of Nazi concentration camps during the Second World War, and still hangs on the Auschwitz concentration camp museum entrance today. See more »

Goofs

In the middle of the movie, when Farid escapes to the basement, he hits Karl in the face with a sledgehammer and knocks him down. Then, in the next scene Karl is sitting at the dinner table, with no mark of that stroke on his face. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Connections

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

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Evolution Reversed
Written by Udi Kagan and Jean-Pierre Taïeb (as Jean-Pierre Taïeb)
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Effective flick especially if you know about recent riots in France
23 April 2008 | by cinaphileSee all my reviews

It's not often you need an overview of recent European history to fully enjoy a horror movie. But Frontier(s) is a special case. All the negative commentary I've read seems to come from the hype surrounding this film. Is Frontier(s) blood-soaked and violent? Sure is! Is it the bloodiest, most repulsively gory film ever? No. I also agree that the basic plot doesn't really venture too far off the path of Hostel, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre or Motel Hell for that matter. But what some people seem to be missing is socio-political climate of France in the last few years. Well, here's where a short French history lesson may come in handy. In October and November of 2005 there were a series of large-scale riots in France that stemmed from the death of two teenagers who lived in a low-income suburb of Paris. They were suspected of a break-in at a construction site and being chased by police. When they tried to hide in a power substation they were electrocuted. The civil unrest that broke out was fueled by unemployment, religious tensions, racial inequality and a growing fear of police harassment. A little over two years later more riots broke out when two more teenagers died after a police car collided with their stolen motorbike. These recent events give Frontier(s) a healthy dose of sub-text as well as a realistic backdrop for its extreme violence. Fear and intolerance are now right beside baguettes and berets as France's main cultural identity. The France seen in Frontier(s) isn't the glossed up version most of us have dreamily romanticized. There are no midnight walks on the Seine. No sipping of espresso at a sidewalk café with the Eiffel Tower in the distance. No scenic tours of the Louvre or the Arch de Triomphe. Writer/director Xavier Gens shows a modern day France that's dark, violent and in anarchy. This is the France that in 2004 banned the wearing of khimars (headscarves) by Muslim girls at school and in 2007 elected Nicolas Sarkozy — a right-wing conservative — as president. So it should be no surprise that Gens' choice of a Nazi family as the bad guys works as a not so subtle metaphor for the French Government. So, for what it's worth, anyone too myopic to know something about France's current environment probably just won't get what Gens is saying in this film.


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