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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 »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Isild Le Besco ... Joséphine
Nahuel Pérez Biscayart ... Timothée
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 ... 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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Like a Millet painting
3 September 2015 | by bob998See all my reviews

It's like a Millet painting; you know, The Angelus or something, a bunch of decrepit peasants tilling the field, misery written on their faces. The French highlands provide a stunning backdrop for all this misery. The sex that takes place between the two leads shouldn't distract us from the almost medieval poverty and desperation these people experience.

Isild le Besco has now made five films with Benoit Jacquot; she's established a solid working relationship with him. I enjoyed the Sade film, and the crime story that crosses several countries (A tout de suite}. I wish they would make a more traditional story next time.

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Release Date:

13 October 2010 (France) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Le Crotoy, Somme, France See more »

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