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Sombre (1998)

Cast: Marc Barbé, Marc Barbé, Elina Löwensohn, more...
Director: Philippe Grandrieux, Philippe Grandrieux
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Studio: Koch Lorber Films
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Suspense/Thriller, France
Running Time: 111 min.
Languages: French
Subtitles: English
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Former video installation artist Philippe Grandieux made his feature directorial debut with this French psychological thriller that probes the mind of a serial killer. A hand-held camera follows murderer Jean (Marc Barbe) as he strangles French women while driving about France. When Claire (Elina Lowensohn) has a roadside car breakdown, she and her sister Christine (Geraldine Voillat) get a lift from the demented Jean, who later attacks Christine while she's at a lake for a swim. Back at the hotel, he menaces both sisters. Claire succeeds in extricating Christine, who leaves on a train for Paris -- while Claire makes the mistake of sticking around in order to "help" the crazed Jean. Shown in competition at the 1998 Locarno Film Festival where it provoked controversy and an official statement: "Half of the jury would like to call attention to Sombre. Our jury split between those who were morally offended by the film and those who saw a purpose in its darkness, and in the strength of its mise-en-scene and images." ~ Bhob Stewart, All Movie Guide

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Ugh! by jsteadmon December 21, 2012 - 1:26 AM PST
I've never written a review on here before, but this is probably the worst movie I've rented from Greencine so far. I've gotten some things that were lesser technically, but at least they were fun. It sometimes is important to see items like this to remember that the U.S. doesn't have the market to themselves when it comes to completely unfocused pieces of garbage. Had to get it off my chest. Avoid it, if you can.

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New French Extremity
Predominately films that would be classified as 'horror' with a few notable exceptions. Many films get lumped into this catagory because the director has made films considered "transgressive".

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