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Martyrs (2008)

Martyrs (2008)





Critic Consensus: A real polarising movie, this Gallic torture-porn is graphic, brutal, nasty and gruesome and not to everyone's taste.

Movie Info

Tells the story of Anna, once a missing little girl, found wandering a year later on a country road virtually catatonic after suffering some sort of physical abuse. She grows into a comely young woman, but she's got serious issues. She also has a close friend, Lucie, who she ultimately calls after she finds herself in an unusual house in the middle of the forest. There's something very disturbing about the Bauhaus-esque home, something Anna can't quite put her finger on.more
Rating: R (for disturbing/severe aberrant behavior involving strong bloody violence, toture, child abuse and some nudity)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Pascal Laugier
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 24, 2009
Bir Film - Official Site


Catherine Bégin
as Mademoiselle
Robert Toupin
as The Father
Xavier Dolan
as Antoine
Emilie Miskdjian
as La Suppliciée
Mike Chute
as le bourreau
Gaelle Cohen
as la femme de main
Anie Pascale
as la femme du bourreau
Jessie Pham
as Lucie at 10 years ol...
Erika Scott
as Anna Age 10
Louise Boisvert
as Voice of Anna's Moth...
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Critic Reviews for Martyrs

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (2)

The stylishly mounted first half zips along at a rate of knots while the gruesome make-up work will keep your gag reflex in violent spasm.

Full Review… | March 27, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

It should fare well with fans of hardcore gore looking for something subversive.

Full Review… | November 3, 2015
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's a hollow film with hopelessly annoying themes that don't arouse questions so much as eye rolls.

Full Review… | October 13, 2015
Cinema Crazed

Martyrs is a groundbreaking work - it challenges the audience to endure heinous acts yet to emerge spiritually cleansed; to witness man's willingness to abuse, degrade and manipulate, yet leave the theatre more enamoured with humanity than ever.

Full Review… | July 16, 2013

Brutally well-conceived... for about 40 minutes, and then "Martyrs" flips on its own bloody axis and falls apart, existentially.

Full Review… | April 13, 2011

Some call it torture porn, others might call it aggressive moralising, more still have say it's boring and pointless. In my view this level of dissent marks it as worthwhile.

Full Review… | March 13, 2011
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Audience Reviews for Martyrs

An extremely disturbing, almost unwatchable exercise in extreme sadism that is always gripping due to how it follows unpredictable directions at each moment, until it reaches a surprising final act that demands too much from the viewers for being so nihilistic and profoundly sickening.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

'Martyrs' begins promisingly, telling the story of Lucie, a woman who escaped violent confinement as a child and has spent her life fighting the demons of her past whilst seeking those responsible for it. The film's exposition is undoubtedly entertaining with Lucie's first adult appearance (with a shotgun) being the highlight of the whole feature.

As Lucie's plot, disappointingly, finishes by the films midpoint focus is then shifted to her long-term friend and partner in crime 'Anna'. From this point onwards 'Martyrs' sadly becomes pseudo-philosophical drivel in an attempt to give itself meaning and mask its little substantial intrigue. Alongside this the film often feels boring in moments and struggles with its shallow antagonists and missing direction. Overall it feels as if 'Martyrs' lost it way when it turned to Anna, and, although I truly enjoyed a few scenes I can't help but feel as if they would of worked better in a something less dishonest.

Cameron Sherwell
Cameron Sherwell

Super Reviewer

A young woman tormented by the psychological damage inflicted upon her by sadistic kidnappers seeks revenge with the aid of a childhood friend. Martyrs begins with quite an interesting premise; Mylene Jampanoi's damaged abuse victim is by far the most interesting character in the film and the first half of the story which centres around her state of mind and her friend's uncertainty as to her sanity is very intriguing. But being a "horror" movie, cue the half-baked twist and it degenerates into yet another repulsive torture-thon, the piss weak Outer Limits excuse for which is feeble even by the standards of the genre. Quite why anybody - women in particular - would find entertainment in watching a young girl being mutilated and brutalized I have no idea, but this so-called horror is just yet more tasteless, unpleasant torture porn with pretensions.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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