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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 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 ... 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 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

Anna: I miss you.
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Connections

Referenced in Sardonicast: Sardonicast #11: Cr1TiKaL, Martyrs (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

My Neighbourhood
Performed by Goldmund
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Profoundly hard to watch
20 July 2018 | by afreakingwizardSee all my reviews

Martyrs is one of the creepiest, violent, and disturbing movies I've seen in a good while. It may just be that it plays on several fears of mine, but I found Martyrs to be one of the hardest movies for me to sit through. I think one of the most important aspects of the movie is it's abundance of violence and gore. Obviously it's not the only thing that makes the movie terrifying, but seeing such realistic depictions of cutting, beating, and mutilation really leave one hell of an impact. The plot of Martyrs may not be the best, but the way it's told is enough that while watching the movie, it feels like a much better story than if someone were to sit down and explain it. More than half the movie has no dialogue whatsoever for up to 10 minutes at a time, which allows the viewer to interpret most of it however they want. I can't really comment on the acting as it's a foreign film, but I can say that the music and sound design are absolutely perfect even if some of the cinematography leaves something to be desired at times. Fans of horror are probably going to enjoy Martyrs, but I would have a really hard time recommending it to anyone outside of that demographic.


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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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