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Livid (2011)

Livide (original title)
Not Rated | | Fantasy, Horror | 7 December 2011 (France)
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The suggestion of a big treasure hidden somewhere inside Mrs Jessel's once renowned classical dance academy will become an irresistible lure to a fiendish trap for Lucie and her friends.

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Julien Maury (original scenario), Alexandre Bustillo (original scenario)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chloé Coulloud ... Lucie Klavel
Félix Moati ... William
Jérémy Kapone Jérémy Kapone ... Ben
Catherine Jacob ... Catherine Wilson
Béatrice Dalle ... La mère de Lucie
Chloé Marcq Chloé Marcq ... Anna
Marie-Claude Pietragalla Marie-Claude Pietragalla ... Jessel
Loïc Berthézène Loïc Berthézène ... Pierre Klavel (as Loïc Berthezene)
Joël Cudennec Joël Cudennec ... André Marchal
Sabine Londault Sabine Londault ... Maddy
Serge Cabon Serge Cabon ... M. Kerrien, le père de William
Nathalie Presles Nathalie Presles ... La mère de Ben et William
Adèle Fousse Adèle Fousse ... Catherine Wilson adolescente
Roxanne Fillol Gonzalez Roxanne Fillol Gonzalez ... Ophélie
Kallia Charon Kallia Charon ... Danseuse 1
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Storyline

"It's young Lucy's first day as a trainee in-house caregiver. She visits Mrs Jessel, an old woman who lies in cerebral coma, by herself, in her large desolate house. Learning by accident that Mrs Jessel, a former dance teacher of repute, supposedly possesses a treasure somewhere in the house, Lucy and friends William and Ben decide to search the house in the hope of finding it. At night, they get into the house, which reveals itself to be increasingly peculiar. Their hunt for Mrs Jessel's treasure leads them into a horrifying supernatural series of events that will change Lucy forever..." Written by http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/film/3881

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The Nightmare Begins. See more »

Genres:

Fantasy | Horror

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

When Lucie, William and Ben are having trouble getting the car started they are approached by three children wearing masks (a witch, jack-o-lantern and a skull) at which point Ben sings "Happy Happy Halloween, Silver Shamrock" an homage to Halloween III, Season of the Witch. See more »

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When Lucie enters the house the first time, she lets the door wide open. On the next shot, the door behind her is half open. See more »

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Referenced in Viande d'origine française (2009) See more »

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Tonight, Every Night
Written by Rurik Sallé
Performed by Rurik Sallé , Marie-Anne Favreau, Franck Barraud, Alexis Cottereau
Courtesy of Zantrox
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A visual treat, unique, dark and genuinely scary

The sexy Chloé Coulloud plays Lucy, a world weary girl in her late teens troubled by the death of her mother. On the first day of her latest dead end job as a care-worker her irritating boss Wilson, played by Catherin Jacob, takes Lucy to a creepy old house and introduces her to a comatose patient named Jessel. Lucy learns that Jessel was once a renowned dance instructor who's daughter, Anna, died at a young age. Wilson hints at the family wealth and teases Lucy with rumours of treasure hidden somewhere in the mansion.

When Lucy's relays the story to dead-beat boyfriend William he persuades her and his brother Ben to accompany him to the house that night with the aim of finding the treasure.

Livid is both haunting and horrific in equal measure. Scenes are dimly lit, taking place almost exclusively at night and where the only source of light is a torch or flickering bulb. The Gothic mansion is a perfect set piece for the unfolding treasure hunt and much of the imagery presented within the peeling facade of its ancient walls will linger in your memory long after the film is finished. The photogenic Coulloud is perfect as the dazed female protagonist, her sultry eyes, permanent pout and expressive yet somehow dormant features will have your attention in every one of her scenes.

The first 80% of the movie is a wonderful addition to the haunted house genre, featuring some of the creepiest moments I've seen in a film of this type in a long time. Unfortunately, the story loses its way toward the end, uncertain how and where to finish, and wraps up with a series of ambiguous metaphors before spiralling out of control into full fairytale mode and throwing all previous suspension of disbelief down the can.

Despite this disappointment, the majority is well worth a watch, guaranteed to give you chills and have you on the edge of your seat. It's hard to inject this kind of blanket horror into a film and for the effort and achievement Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury deserve full credit. More, however, should definitely have been invested in a conclusion more befitting the rest of the film.


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Language:

French

Release Date:

7 December 2011 (France) See more »

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Brittany, France See more »

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EUR2,390,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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