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It's young Lucy's first day as a trainee in-house caregiver. She visits Mrs Jessel, an old woman who lies in cerebral coma, by herself, in her large desolate house. Learning by accident that Mrs Jessel, a former dance teacher of repute, supposedly possesses a treasure somewhere in the house, Lucy and friends William and Ben decide to search the house in the hope of finding it. At night, they get into the house, which reveals itself to be increasingly peculiar. Their hunt for Mrs Jessel's treasure leads them into a horrifying supernatural series of events that will change Lucy forever..
Livid is a beautifully shot French horror film from Inside (2007) writers/directors Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo. It is worth mentioning film editor Baxter who has been cementing himself as a great French horror film editor, I am sure his expertise contributed to the ethereal look of the film.
There were a few issues with the theme of Livid, while the story seems to have taken a turn for the worse in the final few scenes, losing it's cohesive fluidity, I have to wonder if it was the writer's intention to have multiple fantastical plots or if there was a disconnect in the poor translation from French to English in the subtitles. The movie was full of literal translations which…
I'm pretty good at tempering my expectations, so while I was looking forward to Bustillo and Maury's follow-up to Inside, I knew it probably wouldn't be as good.
And it's not.
The first half of the film is an incredibly effective haunted house movie with a pretty standard set up of a young nurse who's put in charge of caring for an old lady in a creepy house. It looks great and has mad atmosphere and there's a couple of references that horror fans will pick up on. Cool, I'm with it.
Then, at the halfway mark, the film delves into the backstory of the old lady, and everything goes to shit. It seems that the filmmakers just had a…
What a jumbled mess.
There must be a movie hiding in here somewhere, maybe even three of them. It's just too bad the directors didn't pick one.
Bustillo and Maury proved with Inside that they are perfectly capable to produce disgusting and tense horror. It is therefore a mystery to me why they chose to produce this clichéd and fractured film without any focus, scope or central idea.
There are hints of something better, but that's just what they are. There is stuff to enjoy, the build up is nice and slow and has some creepy moments, there is an abundance of well shot gore and it at points looks beautiful. It just doesn't know what it wants to be and thus falls flat on its face and ends up being nothing at all.
Which is a shame because it oozes potential and talent.
Frustration, thy name is Livide.
There's a good film in here somewhere, and there are flashes of macabre brilliance, but they don't add up to a satisfying enough whole.
There's a fair bit that does work, the location is great, the first half of the film has wonderfully creepy atmosphere, and the gore is suitably icky. I also really admired the mundanity of the opening moments, as Lucie starts her new job as a home care giver, going great lengths to give some background on her character without having her say all that much.
And then things start to be revealed, and it all goes to crap. I don't mind having to work to be able to understand a film,…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Visually eerie and compelling film by the team behind "Inside" (2007). While the film certainly cannot keep up with its predecessor, it is still an interesting watch.
The high point is a twist at about the half way point where you realize what actually is going on. Since I don't want to spoil it, let's just say they pull some strings that I had completely forgotten about on one of the most classic of horror myths.
The ending leaves room for interpretation and therefor also for flaws. I will admit that Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo have positively surprised me two times now and that I will watch their further careers very closely!
It’s a shame this little gem of French horror has gone so unnoticed because it’s pretty wonderful and exactly the kind of movie that could benefit from one of those “Guillermo Del Toro presents:” tags on the poster.
Chloé Coulloud is fantastic in the lead and a real find, the art design so exquisitely beautiful and inventive. Honestly, the only flaw in this movie is that I wish the story was a little more involved. There’s not much sense of emotional depth or a greater meaning to much that happens. It’s still a wonderful little movie though, and I can’t wait to see what these guys do next.
Really thought this wasn't going to be good from the first 10 minutes into the movie. The characters seemed off putting, the setup was just a little too specific, I felt like I knew exactly where the film was goingNOPE YOU'RE WRONG VERY VERY WRONG
I want to get this out of the way and say I love love love loved this dang movie. I admit the first act was somewhat rocky but as soon as the crux of the film kicked in I was giddy as a schoolgirl.
A lot of people seem to dislike this movie for some reason. It keeps getting (very unfairly) compared to the director(s) previous work 'Inside'. Two very very different movies, occupying completely…
Its an ok ghost story
Watched at TIFF Midnight Madness.
While a great deal of the film is aesthetically pleasing with excellent concepts, it falls flat and then gets absurd. Not intentionally or enjoyably absurd. Jut wacky. Even the producers were chuckling out of embarrassment. Hopefully it has been re-cut since the festival screening. If so I will revisit this review when I get a chance to watch it again.
They should go with horror till end...no crap fantasy
Some really good visuals in this one,
if a movie was a mullet.
super pretty movie with a very interesting setting but sadly the story is a mess its seems like the wanted to take a piece out of every existing horror movie and put it into this one
could have been alot better, big meh on this, some good gore shots though
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