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Martyrs: Greek for Witness.
Martyrs is written and directed by Pascal Laugier. It stars Morjana Alaoui and Mylene Jampanoi.
The New French Extremity Movement had its bar raised considerably by Pascal Laugier’s brutal but thought provoking horror. It’s a film as uncompromising as it is confrontational, a picture guaranteed to get a response for better or worse. Once viewed it simply will not be forgotten, the images, the twisty narrative thematics and the bloodshed that flows consistently throughout the story, Laugier and his two brilliant lead actresses assault the senses, magnificently so.
Story is unfurled as a three tiered structure, each one devastating, but it’s with the final third where the picture goes up through the stratosphere, stopping briefly at the café weird just to further tickle our craniums. Some of the violence here is tough to watch, and it’s no surprise to find it was met with the inevitable charges of misogyny. Yet the culmination of it all puts some perspective on the violence witnessed, leading to a strangely profound and moving climax.
The less you know about it going in for the first time the better. A strong stomach is required, as is an open mind, if you have these things then awaiting you is a visceral masterwork, one of the finest horror film’s to have ever come out of France. Yes, it’s that astonishing. 10/10
I wrote this once to describe my philosophy on what movies/TV I like:
“Ravenous fan of dark, edgy movies & TV. They should glue you to the screen and stay in your dreams.”
Martyrs is one of a handful that describes that perspective to the T, and it is the kind of horror movie that you should go in completely clueless about the plot to enjoy the many twists that you won’t see coming.
A big caveat: this is “advanced” horror — gut-wrenching, gory and very disturbing. Definitely not for everybody.
Most disturbing film I’ve ever seen
Don’t listen to the poor reviews on here – this is actually a masterpiece in horror but it’s very difficult to watch.. It’s dark. bleak and incredibly disturbing and despite this being one of the best films I’ve seen I could never watch it again..
More like Noé and Grandrieux
French horror has been pushing the boundaries for some time now. First there was Haute Tension, then A l’Intérieur and newest in line is Martyrs, hyped up to take it all a little further. And it did, it definitely did. It’s just that it doesn’t belong in the same list as the films mentioned before. Martyrs goes way beyond.
Those expecting another fun, bloody, gory, insane horror flick can just up and leave, because Martyrs isn’t like that. While it borrows the horror from films like A l’Intérieur and Haute Tension, the tone and effect of the film is much closer to Irréversible or better yet, Grandrieux’s La Vie Nouvelle.
All these films belong to the French Extreme wave, a rather broad line of films of different backgrounds and themes, but all bearing an unrelentless level of extremity. And Martyrs stands proudly at the top of that list, even though Laugier himself seems a little hesitant to claim all credits for his film.
Martyrs starts off like you’d expect a bleak, raw and pitch black horror flick to start off. Only minutes into the film, bodies start flying and guts is spilled royally. Strangely though, there’s no joy, limbs are flying enjoyment to be found. The presentation is cold, the characters are emotionally wrangled, the tension is harsh. Lucie, the main characters and victim of a year long torture plan, evokes the sympathy of the viewer and plays it out incredibly well.
The first half of the film keeps balancing on borderline horror, keeping its crude and dark exterior, but never crossing any boundaries. A Grudge-like ghost in added to the film, but Laugier stays close to the drama and never allows the film to become a mere horror flick. Things take a turn for the worse around halfway through, where the torture theme of the film is given even more power as Anna, Lucie’s guardian, discovers the truth about the torture/kidnap story of the past.
From that moment on, the film becomes really uncomfortable to watch and crosses over to the realm of Noé and Grandrieux. We are witness of cold and painful torture scenes, driven to very unpleasant extremes nearing the end. The film follows the methods of the people who torture, which are based on repetition and endurance, making it all the harder to sit through.
In a rather surprising move, this film was released in theaters in Belgium by one of the most prestigious labels here, the reason for that is laid bare in the second half of the film. Rather that simply serve a story of horror and torture, Laugier digs deeper into the human mind. The idea behind Martyrs is not futile nor easily forgotten. There’s a whole point to the film, elevating is above all its reference points (Saw and Hostel – sadly enough).
Martyrs is in a whole different league and is everything a film like Funny Games should have been. A definite assault to the gut, extremely graphic and to the point, without ever flinching or resolving to silly tricks to get a point across. It’s a film only a director with love for the genre could make (remember that Mr Haneke, after two pointless attempts) and Laugier doesn’t let down.
Visually, the film is well shot, though nothing out of the ordinary. The make-up on the other hand deserves some praise, same as the leading ladies who play their parts with conviction and depth (at one point Anna even shows a creepy resemblance to Falconetti in Jeanne d’Arc) . Essential to the film and certainly not an easy task.
Don’t watch Martyrs to get a little horror kick, or to indulge in silly gorefests. This film will not deliver the fun thrills of regular horror movies, on the contrary. It’s a bleak, depressive but all the more impressive look in the darker depths of the human condition, it will leave you cringing in your seat and it will make you want to look away. And it does so without ever numbing you down.
One of the most impressive films I’ve seen this year, a definite favorite and one that’ll receive my further support through a DVD purchase, though I have no idea when or if I’ll watch it again. Laugier uses every bit of skill he has to make Martyrs as painful as possible, and reaches further than any other has. A very solid 4.5*/5.0*, though no recommendation from my side. Definitely not a film for everyone.
Original Language fr
Runtime 1 hr 39 min (99 min)
Director Pascal Laugier
Writer Pascal Laugier
Actors Morjana Alaoui, Mylène Jampanoï, Catherine Bégin, Robert Toupin
Country France, Canada
Awards 7 wins & 9 nominations.
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Aaton XTR Prod, Cooke S4 Lenses, Arriflex 16 SR3, Cooke S4 Lenses
Laboratory Laboratoires Éclair, Paris, France, Technicolor, Paris, France
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 16 mm (Kodak), 8 mm (Kodak)
Cinematographic Process Super 16, Super 8 (some scenes)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (spherical) (blow-up) (Kodak)