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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.
'Livide' is a French horror import, with its share of genuine scares, inspiration from recent films and it smells like the spirit of the new-wave of French horror directors, trying a hand at lobotomy and often succeeding.
'Livide' holds its position as a horror film in the middle of full blown gore and a hair-raising back story. Directors Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury have come a long way from their faulty yet effectively repulsive and distressing 'Inside, 2007'.
The performances are relentless and sometimes dreamy. The female lead is a distraction - although the character of Lucy is undertaken with confidence and uncomfortable calm by Chloe Coulloud (La tête de maman, 2007') - merely because of that angelic and prepossessing…
Termino mi cumpleaños con una deuda pendiente de la que no sé qué hostias pensar. Digo yo que se mueve entre lo sublime y lo ridículo, lo que pasa que lo segundo pesa más porque el desenlace es una mariconada hortera y tirando a fea. A veces no vale todo cuando se trata de un todo vale. Claro que ante uno de los mejores fatalitis de los últimos años uno también se rinde.
The follow up to Inside Julien Maury and Alexndre Bustillo for the most part eschew the hyper gory intensity of that film and present us with more of a dark fairy tale.
Lucie is a young girl starting a role as an care nursing treating the elderly in their own homes. She is shown the ropes by the jaded Mrs Wilson. They visit the house of former ballet teacher Deborah Jessel, comatose for years and kept alive by machines. Wilson mentions a treausore some description hidden somewhere in the house. That night Lucie enlists the help of her boyfriend Willian and his brother Ben to break in and locate the treasure.
Of course, things take a turn for the dark,…
Bustillo avec Maury, como não amar?
From the directors of Inside, which is the most overrated horror movie I have seen in the last 10 years. I hated that movie and I hate this one even more. The story makes completely no sense and honestly I don't care...
LIVID was, for the most part, absolutely terrifying, I was literally sitting with my hand over my mouth and my legs shaking for most of the movie. And absolute masterclass in escalating dread... until the last 10 minutes, where the tone shifts to sad and dreamy, and it loses steam. It's a shame it doesn't come together at the end, as it was really close to being a GREAT horror.
I'm having a dinner party. Now I'm kind of bummed I invited Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury. But they already R.S.V.P.'d, so it's a little late to back out now, talk about faux pas.
I guess I thought Inside was an anomaly, made excuses about "artistic license" in spite of all the evidence to the contrary. Livid has ripped away my illusions, my foolish, trusting, youthful naïveté.
I have to hide all my scissors before Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury show up.
Inside is probably my favourite horror movie from the past ten years or so which is why I've been eagerly anticipating watching Livid and hastily putting it off.
Now this is a much different movie to Inside and I love that the filmmakers went in a new direction to show off a different shade. It's much more of a dark fantasy film than balls-to-the-wall horror. By no means am I the only viewer to note similarities to the work of Guillermo del Toro but it does exist in the same monster-sympathetic fairy tale universe that films like Cronos and The Devil's Backbone unfold in. It's a very dark film but also poetic and unusual.
Perhaps the most surprising thing about…
Moody and atmospheric, with an interesting concept but a bit restrained in its execution.
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Los directores de la gran À l'intérieur, Maury y Bustillo, no decepcionan y brindan otra más que interesante propuesta que demuestra que no todo en el género perdido.
Livide se puede dividir en dos partes. Creo que todos podemos coincidir en que la primera es brillante. Su lírica en la puesta en escena, su cuidada fotografía y su excelente ambientación (dios, esa casa da mucho miedo) construyen un relato visualmente fascinante. La división de críticas empezará a partir de su segundo tramo, cuando el guion se sobrecarga de elementos y la película se pierde un poco ahí. Pero, al mismo tiempo, el diseño artístico llega a niveles espectaculares.
Aunque todavía no vi Aux yeux des vivants,…
A gothic horror fairy tale that plays out like a stream of conscience or a half remembered dream. The striking imagery and startling violence creates a genuinely unsettling tone but it's never quite sure what to do with them. Jumping wildly from one genre niche to the next there are elements of a hundred films evident here and while the ever changing tone means that it's impossible to know what will happen next it also gives the film a wildly disjointed tone where none of the elements ever really come together.
Still I'd take a film as adventurously playful as this over pretty much any horror released over the past few years, Livid may never reach the giddy heights of terror intended but it makes for incredibly satisfying cinema and features some of the most lurid and memorable imagery in quite some time.
We're about half way through the Underrated Series and have finally reached one of the big genres. I'm expecting lots…
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