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Wild Bunch - MARTYRS

Pascal Laugier


Status: Completed

Director(s): Pascal Laugier

Main cast: Morjana Alaoui, Mylène Jampanoï, Catherine Bégin

Long synopsis : France. A night at the beginning of the 1970s. Lucie, a little girl missing for over a year, is discovered wandering by the side of a country road. Near catatonic, she can say nothing about what has happened to her. The cops quickly find the place in which she's been incarcerated - a disused slaughterhouse. Every indication is that she never once left the empty, freezing room in which she was imprisoned. Filthy and starving, the child's body nonetheless bears no traces of sexual abuse - this was not a paedophile abduction, but something far stranger. What happened in that icy room? And how did Lucie escape? Lucie is hospitalized - slowly she learns how to live again, an enfant sauvage gradually returning to the real world. In the hospital, she meets Anna, another little girl, and a victim of terrible abuse at the hands of her family. In no time, they are inseparable. Anna takes charge of Lucie, like a mother. As for her kidnappers, the police are at a dead end. Lucie's ordeal remains a terrible mystery. One night, as Anna sleeps, Lucie hears an awful, rasping breathing. A vision appears: a body, naked, skeletal, tortured. Barely human. The apparition seizes her... 15 years later. A house, isolated in the middle of a forest. A family: Mum, Dad, two kids. A happy home. As they eat breakfast, there's a knock at the door. The father opens it to find a young woman, hollow-eyed and wraithlike and mad. In her hands, a rifle. “Remember the little girl I once was?”. She shoots him where he stands, enters the house, and locks the door. Minutes later, the family lie bloody. All dead. Lucie calls Anna, who tells her not to move, she'll be right there. In shock, Lucie hangs up. And then she hears it. That terrible, terribly familiar breathing...


  • Morjana Alaoui, Mylène Jampanoï, Catherine Bégin, Robert Toupin, Patricia Tulasne, Juliette Gosselin


  • Producer(s): Richard Grandpierre
  • Director(s): Pascal Laugier
  • Screenplay: Pascal Laugier
  • DP: Stéphane Martin, Nathalie Moliavko-Visotzky, Bruno Philip
  • Editing: Sébastien Prangère
  • Original Music: Alex Cortés, Willie Cortés
  • Set Design: Jean-Andre Carriere
  • Genre(s): Crime, Drama, Horror

  • Production company: ESKWAD, WILD BUNCH
  • Production date: 2007
  • Language: French
  • Duration: 100 min