Dead Mail

Dead Mail (2024)

Dead Mail had its World Première at SXSW 2024 “I suppose if you’re lonely enough, you open your mind to just about anything”, says Ann (Micki Jackson) when she learns from her post office co-worker Bess (Susan Priver) about male-order brides. Male loneliness, and the lengths to which it will drive men, are key themes…

Les Enfants Terribles

Les Enfants Terribles (1950)

Les Enfants Terribles first published, in a different version, by Movie Gazette, in Nov 2004 Paul (Edouard Dermithe) is somnolent, sickly and passive, while Elisabeth (a mesmerising Nicole Stéphane) is bold, manipulative and domineering. As siblings, they are like chalk and cheese, but form an intimately tight pair together, “like two limbs of the same…

Only The Animals

Only The Animals (Seules Les Bêtes) (2019)

Only The Animals (Seules Les Bêtes) first published by VODzilla.co In Lozère, France’s least populous department, in the south near the Massif Central, a well-to-do middle-aged married woman, Evelyne Ducat (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi), has disappeared, her car found abandoned by an isolated snowy road. As local gendarme Cédric Vigier (Bastien Bouillon) investigates this missing person’s…

Adoration

Adoration (2019)

Following Calvaire (2004) and Alléluia (2014), Adoration is the third and final film in Fabrice du Welz‘s so-called Ardennes Trilogy, loosely unified by their Belgian backwoods setting, the religious associations of their titles, the presence of actor Laurent Lucas, and a shared theme of amour fou, Here the infatuated party is 12-year-old Paul (Thomas Gioria),…

Skin

In My Skin (Dans Ma Peau) (2002)

In My Skin (Dans Ma Peau) first published by Movie Gazette Esther (Marina de Van) is a dedicated and successful research analyst, thinking about buying an apartment together with her boyfriend Vincent (Laurent Lucas). One night, bored at a party, Esther wanders out into the building site outside, where she trips and falls over. Returning…

Alléluia

Alléluia (2014)

Alléluia first published by Sight & Sound, October 2014 Review: “Did you see it? The pain in Bogart’s eyes… Exactly, you see nothing. Yet he was consumed by the crab. Cancer of the oesophagus. He never complained. Never a word about the mosquitoes, the heat, nothing. Absolute respect for Humphrey.” The speaker is Michel (Laurent…

Interview: Fabrice du Welz on Calvaire, Vinyan and Alleluia (2014)

Interview first published by Film4 Belgian writer/director Fabrice du Welz is associated with horror, but rarely follows the genre rules. His debut Calvaire (2004) is a darkly comic Christmas cracker about a young chanteur trapped in a strange all-male community in the Belgian backwoods, and his most recent film Alleluia (2014) relocates the true story…