Lights Out (Simon Werner A Disparu...) (2010)
Critic Reviews for Lights Out (Simon Werner A Disparu...)
Though Lights Out initially aims at something vaguely disturbing, its rather lightweight resolution all too neatly ties up the trajectories of characters who remained compelling as long as their lives seemed messy and real.
You get an insight into teenage life, but the ideas and emotions are subtle enough to enhance and not overshadow the story.
With a score composed by Sonic Youth and a mystery that doubles as an insight to the tenuous and intangible qualities of those late sex-obsessed teenage years, Lights Out is a clever drama masquerading as a murder mystery.
This genre-bending high-school thriller-drama about three students who go missing at a French lycee opens like a teen B-movie, but soon moves into more intriguing territory.
The combination of slick, detailed writing and deft directing of the young stars make this a calling card film that will open many doors for [writer-director] Gobert.
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