Director: Coralie Fargeat
Writer: Coralie Fargeat
Starring: Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, Kevin Janssens and Vincent Colombe
I go to my local theater quite a bit and saw a trailer for this film. It definitely had me intrigued and I had to see it when it came there. The synopsis for this film is to never take your mistress on an annual guys’ getaway, especially one devoted to hunting - a violent lesson for three wealthy married men.
This film has a pretty basic story like the synopsis stated. Richard (Kevin Janssens) takes Jen (Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz) to a house in the desert. We learn that he is married when he talks to his wife on the phone while she is planning a party for one of their children. He gives Jen the usual line that he wished he didn’t have kids or he’d leave his wife for her. Jen is idealistic and thinking that she will have Richard all to herself one day.
Things take quite the turn when the other two friends show up, Stan (Vincent Colombe) and Dimitri (Guillaume Bouchède). She is prancing around in her underwear, thinking they are alone. They are staring pretty hard. It is interesting that they also show up with guns. The four of them then do have a great time, drinking and doing drugs. Jen even uses Stan to make Richard jealous. Being a rich and powerful man, Stan takes it too far.
This causes Jen to want to go home, but Richard strikes her as punishment when she is unruly. She tries to flee across the desert and the men chase after her. This film takes an even violent and bloody turn as Jen decides to fight back and get her revenge. I thought it doesn’t play up the attack on her too much, but seeing her as she tries to pull herself together and what she does back to the men is very satisfying. I only bring up how it don’t make more out of the sexual assault on her, because the film is still quite powerful even without it. The injury she sustains when Richard tries to kill is much worse. I love how this film plays out.
A film like this needed to have a great cast, which I think it does. Lutz was amazing in her portrayal of Jen. I thought she killed it, literally and figuratively. She starts out as a timid, gorgeous girl that when she is pushed to her limits at what happens to her, she gets her revenge. I thought that they made it realistic though. She doesn’t come back and just headshot everyone. That is something I think is low-key great about this film. I thought the three men were great as they are all distinct characters. Janssens is their leader and he is one most wanting to silence her. Colombe wants to stop what they are doing before it is too late. Bouchède isn’t overly developed and is quiet, but I like that he goes along with whatever plan is happening.
To go with the acting is the effects of the film. They are so realistic they had me cringing the whole time. I can’t do the sight of blood and it looked so real in this film. The injuries also look extremely realistic as well. It not only truly blew me away, but it is also benefits the film. The one that really got me is what happens to Jen when she falls as well as what happens to Stan when he steps on a piece of glass. Both still make me cringe to think about.
The editing of the film was also something that was good in my opinion. It definitely builds tension very well and the climax is satisfying for the end. It never really hits a lull which is good, but we do get some downtime to breath in between stressful scenes.
The sound design of the film was good. The music earlier in the film is being played while they party and it is fitting. It also transition for us to hear, but we realize that it is from her iPod as well. Some of the music earlier on is ambient. We also get music in the film that helps to build the tension for the scenes as well. Some of it comes when a character is stalked by another, but then we get more of a grand one while the characters are trying to kill each other as well. It definitely fit the film.
Now with that said, I wouldn’t recommend this film to everyone. I’m not saying this film bad by any stretch, but it is a bloody revenge film. If you can handle it I would give it a viewing. This film is also interesting that it is based on rape, but really downplays it. The story is basic, but how everything plays out is great. The acting and the effects are what really sell the film. The editing is well done and the sound design of the film is good as well. The setting of the film definitely helps to build tension as it is accessible only by helicopter and is desolate. I would recommend giving this a viewing if you can stomach the blood and effects. It is better one of the better films I’ve seen this year for sure.
My Rating: 9 out of 10