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Martyrs (2008)

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Martyrs is a horror film written and directed by Pascal Laugier and starring Morjana Alaoui and Mylène Jampanoï. It premiered at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival at the Marché du Film, and was released theatrically in France on 3 September 2008.

The film was controversial upon its release, receiving polarizing reviews from critics, and has been associated with the New French Extremity movement.

In 1971, a young girl, Lucie Jurin, escapes from a disused slaughterhouse where she has been imprisoned and tortured for more than a year. The perpetrators and their motivations remain a mystery. Lucie is placed in an orphanage, where she is befriended by a young girl named Anna Assaoui, who quickly discovers that Lucie believes that she is constantly being terrorized by a ghoulish creature—a disfigured, emaciated woman. Even so, Anna comforts Lucie every time she has a nightmare.

Fifteen years later, Lucie bursts into the home of an apparently normal family, the Belfonds – Gabrielle, her husband, and their children Antoine and Marie – and kills them all with a shotgun. Elsewhere, Anna waits for Lucie. Although Anna knows that Lucie believes the Belfonds are the people responsible for her childhood abuse, she is horrified when Lucie tells her that she has killed them. Upon arriving at the house, Anna discovers that Gabrielle is still alive and tries to help her escape, but Lucie bludgeons Gabrielle to death.

Director: Pascal Laugier

Writer: Pascal Laugier

Stars: Morjana Alaoui, Mylène Jampanoï, Catherine Bégin, Robert Toupin, Patricia Tulasne, Juliette Gosselin, Xavier Dolan

Cast:

Morjana AlaouiAnna
Mylène JampanoïLucie
Catherine BéginMademoiselle
Robert ToupinLe père
Patricia TulasneLa mère
Juliette GosselinMarie
Xavier DolanAntoine (as Xavier Dolan-Tadros)
Louise BoisvertMère d’Anna (voice)
Jean-Marie MonceletÉtienne
Jessie PhamLucie 10 ans
Erika ScottAnna 10 ans
Isabelle ChasseLa créature
Emilie MiskdjianLa suppliciée
Tony RobinowDocteur
Anie PascaleLa femme bourreau
Mike ChuteBourreau
Gaëlle CohenFemme de main
Louis Thevenon1er homme de main
Jean-François BoudreauHomme de main
Michel CormierHomme de main
Jean-Bernard CôtéHomme de main
Patrick DorvalHomme de main
Mathieu SamailleHomme de main
Daniel DeburghgraeveVieil arrivant
Philippe LauglerInspecteur (as Philippe Laugier)
Hervé DesboisInfirmier
Mario ManciniChauffeur Mademoiselle
Olivier VilleneuveEnfant institut
Liz ImperioPhotographer

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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