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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Anna
... Lucie
... Mademoiselle
... Le père
Patricia Tulasne ... La mère
... Marie
... Antoine (as Xavier Dolan-Tadros)
Louise Boisvert ... Mère d'Anna (voice)
Jean-Marie Moncelet ... Étienne
Jessie Pham ... Lucie 10 ans
Erika Scott ... Anna 10 ans
Isabelle Chasse ... La créature
Emilie Miskdjian ... La suppliciée
Tony Robinow ... Docteur
... 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

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They haven't finished being alive.

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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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3 September 2008 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Mártires  »

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$6,500,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Pascal Laugier has stated he was inspired by Hostel (2005) but instead of making a movie about suffering he wanted to make a movie about pain. 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

Lucie: Is this making you sick? Can you smell that smell? Smells awful, huh? Every time she bent over me, I could smell that, every day. Understand? And it smelled different when she beat me.
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Your Witness
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The only thing worse than torture-porn, is pretentious torture-porn.
25 July 2009 | by See all my reviews

Really, this film adds nothing valuable. The real philosophical issue could have been presented in less than ten minutes. The rest of it is nothing but torture-pron. This means that torture, suffering and confusion is the main point of the film. The only thing in doubt is whether the "philosophical" issue has been added to pretend like it's a real movie, or if it was added intentionally to try and "get away with it".

Watch it if you are one of those sickos who enjoy watching helpless suffering (but you might spend your time and money better at a therapists).

Or watch it with some friends, take note of who seems to enjoy watching it, and never call them again.


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