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Who Killed Bambi? (2003)

Cast: Laurent Lucas, Laurent Lucas, Sophie Quinton, more...
Director: Gilles Marchand, Gilles Marchand
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Studio: Strand Home Video
Genre: Foreign, France
Running Time: 126 min.
Languages: French
Subtitles: English
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Gilles Marchand, who co-wrote the scripts for Human Resources and With a Friend Like Harry..., makes his directorial debut with Who Killed Bambi?, which he co-wrote with Vincent Dietschy. Isabelle (Sophie Quinton) is a student nurse. One night while leaving the hospital, she hears a ringing in her ear and loses her balance, passing out. When she awakens, the handsome young Dr. Philipp (Laurent Lucas of With a Friend Like Harry...) is standing over her. Amused by the young woman's seeming inability to stand on her own feet, he nicknames her "Bambi." Isabelle is not amused. Their relationship becomes adversarial when Isabelle notices that someone has been diluting the hospital's supply of general anesthetic. She suspects that the doctor is drugging female patients so that he can have sex with them. Before long, it's not just medicine, but patients who are going missing. Isabelle's boyfriend, Sami (Yasmine Belmadi), an intern, begins to think that she's having an affair with Dr. Philipp, and no one believes her accusations, not even her cousin, Véronique (Catherine Jacob), a more experienced nurse. Isabelle finds herself in danger, and her recurring fainting spells create a situation in which she may soon find herself on Dr. Philipp's operating table. Who Killed Bambi? was shown at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival and at the Walter Reade Theater in New York as part of the Film Society of Lincoln Center's 2004 Rendez-Vous With French Cinema. ~ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Who Cares? by talltale April 6, 2005 - 4:22 PM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
When the French get pretentious, they really go for the prize, and in WHO KILLED BAMBI?, they achieve it. Big-time. This quasi thriller about a killer MD ought to have been exciting, but it goes on so long and with such arty dream sequences and heavy-handed repetitions that it may slowly drive you as crazy as its heroine often seems.

A good cast headed by Sophie Quinton and Laurent Lucas is wasted by director Gilles Marchand, who deserves a good spanking--and an editor who can tell him when to cut and how to tell a story. The antiseptic hospital photography creates a certain sterile, semi-scary mood, but anything that's good here--camera-work, performances, plot--is finally sacrificed on the altar of directorial pretension. As a writer, Marchand has given us the likes of "With a Friend Like Harry," "Bon Voyage," "Red Lights" and the amazing "Human Resources," so I can't imagine what possessed him here. Perhaps the mystery thriller just isn't his metier.

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