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Martyrs (2008)

A young woman's quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity.

Director:

Pascal Laugier

Writer:

Pascal Laugier
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Morjana Alaoui ... Anna
Mylène Jampanoï ... Lucie
Catherine Bégin ... Mademoiselle
Robert Toupin ... Le père
Patricia Tulasne Patricia Tulasne ... La mère
Juliette Gosselin ... Marie
Xavier Dolan ... Antoine (as Xavier Dolan-Tadros)
Louise Boisvert Louise Boisvert ... Mère d'Anna (voice)
Jean-Marie Moncelet ... Étienne
Jessie Pham Jessie Pham ... Lucie 10 ans
Erika Scott Erika Scott ... Anna 10 ans
Isabelle Chasse Isabelle Chasse ... La créature
Emilie Miskdjian Emilie Miskdjian ... La suppliciée
Tony Robinow Tony Robinow ... Docteur
Anie Pascale ... La femme bourreau
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Storyline

Fifteen years after a horrifying experience of abduction and prolonged torture, Lucie embarks on a bloody quest for revenge against her oppressors. Along with her childhood friend, Anna, who also suffered abuse, she quickly descends, without hope, into madness and her own delusions. Anna, left on her own begins to re-experience what Lucie did when she was only twelve years old. Written by kwedgwood@hotmail.com

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

They haven't finished being alive.

Genres:

Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing/severe aberrant behavior involving strong bloody violence, torture, child abuse and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Pascal Laugier has confessed that he wrote the screenplay for the film in a state of clinical depression, bordering on suicidal thoughts, which is why the film is said to have a nihilistic and depressing subject matter. See more »

Goofs

As the mother is kicked into the pit, a body flinches to brace itself for the impact of the mother falling on him. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Mademoiselle: Keep doubting.
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Connections

Remade as Martyrs (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

My Neighbourhood
Performed by Goldmund
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User Reviews

 
This is not Pretty Woman
13 September 2008 | by acromegalixSee all my reviews

Martyrs is probably the most extreme movie ever made in France, and cannot be compared with any other flick I have seen before.

It was a unique and traumatic experiment to watch it in a theater where half of the audience left before the end, while the other half was feeling very uncomfortable. It is NOT for everybody, and you can really be upset at times, even if you are a basic horror fan as I am.

This movie is not made to please the audience, especially the second part, except if you are seriously disturbed. I couldn't help thinking about The Screwfly Solution that Joe Dante made in reaction of all the gratuitous violence made to women in horror movies.

Fortunately, the end of the movie gives enough meaning to what you have been through, watch the whole thing if you can.

I gave a 7 because it's not a movie that you can really like or recommend to your friends, but I think it's a real milestone in horror, like Texas Chainsaw Massacre was in his time.


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Official Sites:

Official site [France]

Country:

France | Canada

Language:

French

Release Date:

3 September 2008 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Québec, Canada

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR3,390,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,149,138
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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