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Deep in the Woods (2010)

Au fond des bois (original title)
Following the arrival of a deaf and mute vagrant, a young woman, Josephine, disappears from her family estate. She follows him deep into the woods even though she seems to be disgusted by him, but does Josephine want to follow him?


Benoît Jacquot


Julien Boivent, Marcela Iacub (chronicles) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Isild Le Besco ... Joséphine
Nahuel Pérez Biscayart ... Timothée
Jérôme Kircher Jérôme Kircher ... Capitaine Langlois
Bernard Rouquette Bernard Rouquette ... Docteur Hughes
Mathieu Simonet ... Paul
Jean-Pierre Gos ... Docteur Corvot
Luc Palun Luc Palun ... Coudroyer
Jean-Claude Bolle-Reddat Jean-Claude Bolle-Reddat ... Le procureur
Jean-Marc Stehlé Jean-Marc Stehlé ... Le forgeron
Yvette Peyremorte Yvette Peyremorte ... La femme Coudroyer
Adrien Kauffmann Adrien Kauffmann ... Cyprien
Valérie Soyez Valérie Soyez ... Marie - la voisine Coudroyer
Tiphaine Benoit Tiphaine Benoit ... Doris - la fille de Marie
Madeleine Celis Madeleine Celis ... Françoise
Philippe Dofny Philippe Dofny ... Le président


In 1865, Timothee, a wanderer, arrives in a village in southern France pretending he is deaf and mute. There, he is struck by the beauty of a young woman, Josephine, and asks for hospitality at the house of Dr Hughes, her father. At dinner, he makes strange tricks inducing weird reactions in Josephine. The next day, he comes back when she is alone and makes her fall in a state of hypnotic lethargy before taking advantage of her. Overwhelmed by his powerful hypnotic gift, she follows him even though she seems to be disgusted and afraid of him. He takes her deep into the woods and continues to abuse her until he is arrested and tried. But how did Josephine accept to follow him? Written by Locarno Film Festival

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13 October 2010 (France) See more »

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Le Crotoy, Somme, France See more »

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A true story
5 August 2013 | by paulouscanSee all my reviews

This story, while the scenario may seem weird and unreal, is a real fact story which happened in the Var department of France in 1865. The are very official and serious judiciary documents reporting those facts found by the police investigation then. On can find a good transcript of that in the Charles Lancelin'book named "La sorcellerie des campagnes" pages 86 to 91. Once one is aware of this, the message to be found in this film has nothing to do with displaying sex relationships or investigating boy and girl relationships in the XIXth century in France or anything "normal" like that. The message is about the strength of hypnotism and magnetism can exert on weak minds or nervous minds. The whole enquiry shown at the end of the film tends to stress that but the writer and the director of the film had obviously some difficulty getting that point out obviously enough to get it through the public. Nevertheless, this film is a very acceptable effort to tell us an account of this magnetism relationship which can occur when both magnetizer is quite strong and magnetized one is easily overwhelmed. One must not see this as an ambiguous situation where the magnetized one could have escaped easily, whatever the physical distance, as it is essentially a mind rapture, beyond physical dimensions.

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