Livide (Livid) (2011)
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Inside co-directors Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo follow up their bloody and intense feature debut with this brooding, phantasmagorical horror film concerning three youths whose greed leads them into an inescapable nightmare. Young caregiver Lucie (Chloé Colloud) is still recovering from her mother's recent suicide when she joins her new boss Mrs. Wilson (Catherine Jacob) in making home visits to their elderly patients. Their last stop of the day is at a dark, labyrinthine mansion owned by
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Livid is almost all allegory, mood, style, flourish, freak-out and suspense.
Livid tarts up a grab-bag of supernatural/kids-in-peril B-movie clichés with an arty pretension that grates.
No one faults a spook house for lacking a strong narrative -- we want chills and thrills and an excess of horror imagery that borders on gaudy. In that way, Livid completely delivers.
combines a unique spin on the vampire myth with the fairytale surrealism of Lewis Carroll (via Svankmajer's Alice), the danse macabre of Coppélia (via Argento's Suspiria) and the imagistic poetry of Franju's Eyes Without a Face.
The directors of 'Inside' go in a completely different direction, and the result is (again) a damn good horror film.
...it's ultimately impossible to walk away from the proceedings without feeling a slight sense of disappointment.
Its internal logic eluded me on first viewing, but Maury and Bustillo compensate with the go-for-broke savagery and viscera that's come to define new French horror.
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