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Year:2006
Country of origin:France / Romania
Director:David Moreau, Xavier Palud
Genre:Stylish French terror
Starring:Olivia Bonamy, Michaƫl Cohen
Rating:5/5
IMDB link:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0465203/
Tagline:You'll never feel safe in your home again.
Favourite line:N / A - Subtitled

A movie now bracketed in the New French Extremism movement, somewhat erroneously, this is taut and efficient to the point of agony.

The plot:
A wealthy French couple, one a teacher, one a writer, are accosted in their Romanian home by sinister, flashlight wielding forces that subject them to a night of abject horror.

As simplistic as it comes in terms of premise, this is all about delivery and, by all of Christs's many sufferings, it surely delivers.
The tension ratchets from the first incursion, the couple gripped with fear, the viewer dragged along with them and, at each turn of events, the knot in the viewer's stomach muscle turns another degree, more acidic squirtings of anxiety accompanying the on screen peril, the desperate French couple a precise echo of the viewing experience.
With exquisite use of location - that underground labyrinth is just perfect - this is a movie that squeezes every last Franc out of its budget.
Stylish, accomplished, thought provoking in denouement and damned scary, this is quality horror.

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