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Sam Was Here (2016)

Not Rated | | Horror, Mystery, Thriller | 6 April 2017 (France)
California, Mojave Desert, 1998. A strange glow appears in the sky. Sam, a forty-something door-to-door salesman, travels through the few inhabited zones of the Californian desert in search... See full summary »






Cast overview:
... Sam
Sigrid La Chapelle ... Eddy
... Rebecca Saxton
Hassan Galedary ... Thomas Payne


California, Mojave Desert, 1998. A strange glow appears in the sky. Sam, a forty-something door-to-door salesman, travels through the few inhabited zones of the Californian desert in search of clients, yet everything seems deserted. What's more, his wife won't answer his calls. It's as if everyone were avoiding him. When his car breaks down, Sam becomes a prisoner of the empty, hostile environment. Alone and without human contact for days on end, he listens continuously to a talk-show on the only local radio station. The host, a man named Eddy, takes calls from listeners who share their thoughts on a child killer at large in the area. At the same time, Sam starts getting psychologically harassed by strange threats he receives on his pager. Gradually, people begin to reappear and attempt to kill him. Sam has become a target and he must now defend himself. Little by little he loses it, caught up in a paranoid identity crisis. Is he truly the killer they're after, or is he being driven ... Written by Christophe Deroo

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6 April 2017 (France)  »

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Kill/Off  »

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2.35 : 1
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The director himself told that the ending was not so important to be understood, but only the atmosphere, like a painting. See more »


After Sam drives with his car over the spikes on the road, it's clearly seen that the rear tires are intact. See more »

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a total nonsense movie with good camera, sound and acting!
18 April 2017 | by See all my reviews

I cant believe it, why producer cares enough to have a good team for camera, sound, actors,... but totally ignores the story-line?! this movie makes no sense at all! things happening without any explanation, is like the writer was bored to make sense in his book but producer really needed a script, so even everything else is good, story is a total nonsense! Sam is driving and walking in a city near LA, which no human being exist. water pipes work, there is fuel in petrol station, houses are clean, but no human or animal! suddenly a man with police uniform shoot him with gun ( no explanation), the guy got a mask same to other 4 people he meets in movie (also no explanation for mask), Sam after getting shot to left of his chest (heart is there) still manages to run, fight and be totally normal (bollywood skills). He doesn't want to use one of those cars and run from that city. he also doesn't want call police asking for help. you will see 1 woman without mask ( also no explanation) and two man with same mask as police man attack him. at then end, you will see few people with different masks attack and kill him and next morning the motel cleaner trying to wash his blood from shower curtain. TOTALLY NO EXPLANATION WHY ALL THESE NONSENSE HAPPENS! Camera was professional, Music and voices recording in movie are good, acting is good too, just WHAT THE HELL STORYLINE?!!!

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