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June 6, 2012
Même si l'on prenait pour initiative d'excuser les défaillances du scénario par la présence du fantastique, le film ne s'en améliorerait probablement pas. Oh, certains points positifs bien sûr... Comme le jeu de Chénier qui, après avoir collé si longtemps au rôle de Charest dans Radio Enfer, réussit curieusement à m'épater avec son personnage de Flavien Juste.

Seulement, l'intrigue est assez risible, d'autant plus que les films d'horreur (en est-ce vraiment un?) ne me passionnent pas autant que ne le font les thriller (en est-ce vraiment un?). Le punch en enlève peut-être même un peu au film, et les 200 clichés nous font beaucoup trop sourciller.
½ August 21, 2009
Dans le très bizarre... C'est quoi la boule de boutte de monde?!? Dégueu...
July 15, 2009
J'aime bien l'ambiance.
½ March 9, 2009
A little deceiving...
½ September 25, 2008
hummm tout un monde dans la tete de robin aubert!!! un resume?laissez-moi y penser .........c etait quoi la question???
July 13, 2008
The tempo is too slow, and the story of the girl wasn't surprising too. A French Cadadian film tried to catch the trendiness of Japanese horror mix with early 90 american bloody horror in Hollywood, not successful but good try.
April 10, 2008
Kafka-esque surrealism with a low-fi, gritty, almost Balkan feel: A young French-Canadian tabloid reporter is sent to a rural shithole in which "people just disappear", and sees a ghost within the first five minutes of crossing the town's borders. As it turns out, that's *not* the most abnormal turn of events, for him...and there's far worse to come. Casts aside the received notion that all Canadian films are boring by default--exasperating perhaps, especially if you're not Catholic. But it's not like anything else.
Super Reviewer
April 9, 2008
SAINTS-MARTYRS-DES-DAMNÉS (2005)
directed by Robin Aubert
starring François Chénier, Isabelle Blais, Patrice RobitailleA journalist with a sixth sense, two old twin sisters with the same name, a masked mechanic, a mayor with an Elvis harido, a retarded who knows plenty thanks to his Teddy bear, a dead bride who appears once in a while, a missing photograph, beautiful hippie girl living in a field, a mad scientist and a sphere-shaped monster with 70 eyes and two giant lungs. Add a Twin Peaks feel to those and plenty of clichés, you'll get the only French-Canadian horror/fatanstic thriller/science-fiction/romance picture ever to be made.Saints-Martyrs-des-Damnés is a total mess, the plot is confusing, yet intriguing, some stuff seems to be left unexplained if you dont pay enough attention but its good one good quality, the one that makes that type of movie effective. Its very moody. Steve Asselin's cinematography is amazing, as usual. The film looks good in every way possible. Wether is the lighting, the art direction, the visual effects, they all look the best they could and that is why this film works, cause its not cheap. In the other hand, sometimes the editing is messy, there are some cheap scares but its never laughable and its defiantely weird.The cast is great, especially in terms of supporting character, actor-turned-director Robin Aubert cast people he worked with before and we get some memorable performances from them. Germain Houde and Alexis Martin do a good job. patrice Robitaille is natural, as usual. Isabelle Blais feels a bit underused but François Chénier, in the lead, can barely make us forget about his past and that character he played in that TV show for teenagers for so long.Saints-Martyrs-des-Damnés is far from original, all the themes have been touched before in better movies. The quest for immortality, discovering its own origin, investigating fantastic events and more. The film is quite well-paced until after a bit more than one hour, it switches gear and slow down with some out-of-nowhere romance that might feel useless a bit and there are way too much explanation before the climax. Most of the times characters, including the lead, appear where ever they need to be and thats a bit annoying. Still, I would recommend the film for the atmosphere it creates and the weird creature with many eyes. For a film of the genre its never laughable, which is good but there are enough stuff to make three films, its a mess. A good mess.
December 16, 2007
Jadore .... une autre bon film quebecois
½ December 13, 2007
Didn't like it at all.
December 4, 2007
Wow, at first I was confused b/c I wasn't sure what this was about. Its atomosphere is very French-like. Kinda slow at first and dark in a weird way, but it's a nice change if you are tired of same ol' American thrillers. I just didn't really get what that huge chunk of human skins and eyeballs were... Was it necessary for this movie? Hmm.
Also, this movie is called "Saw Zero" in Japan, and a lot of ppl watch this thinking it's a sequence to the SAW series... Why? I have no idea.
December 2, 2007
Very Lynch-ian (particularly Twin Peaks), but easier to grasp. Fantastic cinematography and imaginative characters -- surprisingly well-acted considering the oddities of the script. A few things get lost in the editing, but it's quite engrossing. After re-watching, I'm reminded that it's also pretty creepy.
November 27, 2007
Beautiful cinematography and great imagery. Good storyline as well. I really enjoyed the main characters attitude. He did an awesome job!
½ October 19, 2007
maudit que ça fait du bien de voir des québécois dans des rôles weirds comme ça
September 16, 2007
J'y est adoré l'atmosphere,les lieux, la musique surtout.Les genres abordés dans ce film sont aussi tres bien réussi.
August 26, 2007
This movie is getting mixed reviews... I liked the acting, theme, music and imagery, which at times is very reminiscent of David Lynch's stuff (especially Twin Peaks). But the story is difficult to piece together, and the explanation somewhat unsatisfying.
August 25, 2007
Même si l'on prenait pour initiative d'excuser les défaillances du scénario par la présence du fantastique, le film ne s'en améliorerait probablement pas. Oh, certains points positifs bien sûr... Comme le jeu de Chénier qui, après avoir collé si longtemps au rôle de Charest dans Radio Enfer, réussit curieusement à m'épater avec son personnage de Flavien Juste.

Seulement, l'intrigue est assez risible, d'autant plus que les films d'horreur (en est-ce vraiment un?) ne me passionnent pas autant que ne le font les thriller (en est-ce vraiment un?). Le punch en enlève peut-être même un peu au film, et les 200 clichés nous font beaucoup trop sourciller.
Super Reviewer
July 1, 2007
Stylishly directed and indeed very creepy in its first third, Saints-Martys-des-Damnés somehow ends up slipping into the interminable and the annoyingly so-called clever, when in fact, it's just a total mess plotwise once it approaches its clunky finale. One may be pleased by Aubert's beautifully gothic technique, but the story is a headache, and so are the boring characters. Talk about a missed opportunity.
June 30, 2007
average movie!
good acting!
June 6, 2007
Vu le 23 septembre en présentation spéciale au FIFM! Trop bon!
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