Very few things changed from the script, except the part of minor characters : the slow pace, the theatrical acting and the general mood are scrupulously respected, so you must expect an art-et-essai movie rather than an usual vampire flick.
I didn't found it as bad as the other reviewers, even if I can express a few reserves : the score that sometimes looks like a sort of car play-list (the original was quite experimental), or the lack of twisted shots that made the first movie so unique.
However, I hope that it will encourage the new generation to rediscover the 73 version that still shines like a black diamond, with its strange mix of perversity and religious knick-knack.
Don't expect any cheap thrills or funny Fx, it's a deep drama about an occidental woman in Asia, falling into madness after the loss of her child, with a post-tsunami background.
I can understand why some people are so disappointed, the subject is disturbing and unusual : how can you accept the loss of your child without a clear evidence of his death, and how can you express your own pain in a devastated country where most people are going through intense sufferings, violence and poverty ?
Even if Vinyan is not perfect, i really liked the very dark atmosphere that stay with you long after the end of the film. I'm not a huge fan of Emmanuelle Béart but I think she is quite convincing in this role, far from her usual characters.
Once again, Rabah Ameur-Zaimeche cleverly mixes fiction and documentary, and offers a realistic vision, far away from the usual stereotypes, of the everyday life of illegal immigrants from Africa, easily exploited by the means of religion.
He also delivers some very interesting and unusual questions, with the freedom for each spectator to search for his own answer.
A spiritual movie where you can learn and think, which is quite rare at the moment.
It was a unique and traumatic experiment to watch it in a theater where half of the audience left before the end, while the other half was feeling very uncomfortable. It is NOT for everybody, and you can really be upset at times, even if you are a basic horror fan as I am.
This movie is not made to please the audience, especially the second part, except if you are seriously disturbed. I couldn't help thinking about The Screwfly Solution that Joe Dante made in reaction of all the gratuitous violence made to women in horror movies.
Fortunately, the end of the movie gives enough meaning to what you have been through, watch the whole thing if you can.
I gave a 7 because it's not a movie that you can really like or recommend to your friends, but I think it's a real milestone in horror, like Texas Chainsaw Massacre was in his time.
Don't expect any surprise here, the couple will be badly tortured then will get a bloody revenge.
It's a sort of Hills Have Eyes with regular people instead of mutants.
I gave 5 stars because :
- the photography is rather nice for this kind of movie
- the actors are quite convincing
- there are 2 or 3 fine gore effects.
Not bad for its kind but don't expect much.
The story is really original (with the help of Marc Brucker) and explores some new fields in religion.
"600 Seconds to Change the World" is both funny and scary, with a lot of excellent second roles, especially Denis LEFDUP (the organist), a half of the LEFDUP BROTHERS and one of the best french sound engineer from the studio THE SNARK.
Don't miss it !!
1. I am surprised to see that Gazon Maudit was rated R and 18 in most countries. I saw this movie at 20:30 PM, on Sunday evening, on the main TV french channel, and I don't remember any scandal for this (and we have our share of intolerant bigots in France too...). OK, this picture is about sex, lesbians, homosexuality and triolism, we can see a few times Victoria Abril half or totally naked and Josiane Balasko smokes a lot of pot, but it is basically a comedy with no real provocation. I find much more vulgarity in, mmmh, let's say, the "American Pie" pictures - even if they don't show nudity - than in Gazon Maudit.
2. This movie is funny. No big laughs, but a good story and brilliant acting. We know that the situations are implausible (a nice married woman falls in love at first glance with a butch-lesbian-truck-driver, who will have a baby with her husband) but the characters are funny enough to forget minor errors in the script and you will enjoy the way of cross that the unfaithful husband (Alain Chabat) will have to go through.
3. I gave a rating of 6 because it's not a masterpiece. But if you find the plot outline attracting, if you ever wonder "What would I do if my wife leaves me for another woman ?", or if you want to see an uncommon film about relationships, you will not be disappointed !
About CW, I strongly suggest to all people above 14 to watch any other picture where she appeared (including Batman The Movie !) instead of this terribly boring stuff.
Some parts are just ridiculous (the basketball scene...), Benjamin Bratt seems to come from a pathetic sitcom with no more than 1 and a half expression on his face, and above all, Halle Berry is a basic wrong casting. She is not a CatWoman, if you remember M. Pfeiffer, Eartha Kitt or Lee Merrywether...
Her Cat Gesture - she raises her elbows - repeated with a total lack of 2nd degree on almost every scene where she appears will make you laugh at first, but quickly, you will feel sorry and ashamed for her.
The score is mostly R'N'B soup, and you will often have the feeling that you are watching an extremely bad R'N'B video-clip on MTV, with pointless "modern" camera moves and jerky editing to hide a very bad script.
The only good point I see is the couple Sharon Stone / Lambert Wilson, that could have been good villains if all around was not so weak.