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
|Robert Toupin||…||Le père|
|Patricia Tulasne||…||La mère|
|Xavier Dolan||…||Antoine (as Xavier Dolan-Tadros)|
|Louise Boisvert||…||Mère d’Anna (voice)|
|Jessie Pham||…||Lucie 10 ans|
|Erika Scott||…||Anna 10 ans|
|Isabelle Chasse||…||La créature|
|Emilie Miskdjian||…||La suppliciée|
|Anie Pascale||…||La femme bourreau|
|Gaëlle Cohen||…||Femme de main|
|Louis Thevenon||…||1er homme de main|
|Jean-François Boudreau||…||Homme de main|
|Michel Cormier||…||Homme de main|
|Jean-Bernard Côté||…||Homme de main|
|Patrick Dorval||…||Homme de main|
|Mathieu Samaille||…||Homme de main|
|Daniel Deburghgraeve||…||Vieil arrivant|
|Philippe Laugler||…||Inspecteur (as Philippe Laugier)|
|Mario Mancini||…||Chauffeur Mademoiselle|
|Olivier Villeneuve||…||Enfant institut|
Sources: imdb & wikipedia