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The 9th Life of Louis Drax (2016)

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A psychologist who begins working with a young boy who has suffered a near-fatal fall finds himself drawn into a mystery that tests the boundaries of fantasy and reality.


Alexandre Aja


Liz Jensen (based on the novel by), Max Minghella (screenplay)
4,560 ( 529)
2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Aiden Longworth ... Louis Drax
Sarah Gadon ... Natalie
Michael Adamthwaite ... Doctor (C-Section)
Beckham Skodje ... Louis (Age 2)
Adam Abrams Adam Abrams ... Doctor (X-Ray)
Aaron Paul ... Peter Drax / Sea Monster
Molly Parker ... Dalton
Terry Chen ... Elliott
Randi Lynne ... ER Nurse
John Hainsworth John Hainsworth ... ER Patient
Julian Wadham ... Dr. Janek
Goldie Hoffman ... ER Nurse
Jamie Dornan ... Dr. Allan Pascal
Nels Lennarson ... Morgue Technician
Anjali Jay ... Macy


The story begins on Louis Drax's 9th birthday, when a lifetime of curious mishaps culminates in the boy's near-fatal fall. Desperate to reveal the strange circumstances behind the young boy's accident and dark coincidences that have plagued his entire life, Dr. Allan Pascal (Dornan) is drawn into a thrilling mystery that explores the nature of the sixth sense, testing the boundaries of fantasy and reality. Written by Miramax

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A mystery beyond reality. See more »


Mystery | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some disturbing images and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 September 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby Surround 5.1)


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Did You Know?


Terry Chen and Aaron Paul also appeared together in the movie Come and Find me (2016) See more »


Louis Drax: Pascal made the mistake that all men make. He thought that because Mommy is so beautiful, then she must be good.
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References 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) See more »


In a Dream
Written by Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs and Max Foreman
Courtesy of Ulrike Records
Performed by Bouquet
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2 September 2016 | by www.ramascreen.comSee all my reviews

"The 9th Life Of Louis Drax" starring Jamie Dornan and Sarah Gadon is haunting.. with the most heart-wrenching reveal/twist-ending since "The Sixth Sense." Based on Liz Jensen's novel, adapted by Max Minghell, and directed by Alexandre Aja who gave us various horror films from "The Hills Have Eyes," "Piranha 3D" to "Horns," his latest feat, THE 9TH LIFE OF LOUIS DRAX is not designed to scare you, it's more of a murder whodunit mystery with a side of supernatural elements. The film is completely engrossing, not to mention this lead character, the kid named Louis Drax, excellently played by young talent, Aiden Longworth, is a character that has his perks, he's unlike any other kid, he's blunt. So when Louis Drax falls off a steep cliff on his ninth birthday, the police quickly blames the father (Aaron Paul) who's been missing since the incident. Jamie Dornan plays neurologist, Dr. Allan Pascal who's been trying to help his comatose patients including Louis, to regain consciousness. But there's a certain magnetic character in the room, Louis's mother, Natalie (Sarah Gadon) who carries her own secrets.

This is a film that has a twist ending, and so talking about it without giving too much away is honestly quite challenging. But here's what I'll say about THE 9TH LIFE OF LOUIS DRAX, it brilliantly puts all kinds of theories in your head as to what really happened that fateful day, you wouldn't be able to guess which one is right or who's guilty. Another intriguing part is that all the characters are flawed, not just Louis who considers himself different from the other kids. Great multidimensional characters that draw you further and further into the mystery as it slowly but surely peals its layers before it lets you see the bigger picture, because up until that point, your focus would only be on the kid, Louis. It's quite refreshing to see director Aja take on this gig instead of his usual frightfest. THE 9TH LIFE OF LOUIS DRAX is kinda of like the movie that M. Night Shyamalan never made.

-- Rama's Screen --

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