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The Jungle Bunch (Les as de la jungle) (2017)

Published in T
Saturday, 02 December 2017 20:48
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  • Rating

    G: Very mild themes, animated violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    A seed is planted.

  • Starring

    Paul Borne, Philippe Bozo, Pascal Casanova, Emmanuel Curtil, Michel Mella, Céline Montsarrat, Laurent Morteau, Jean-Philippe Puymartin, Barbara Tissier, Alexis Tomassian

  • Directed by

    David Alaux

  • Running time

    97 minutes

  • Rated

    G (Australia), U (UK), NR (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are punched (repeatedly), thumped (repeatedly), capsized/washed ashore, hit with objects, thrown through the air, near-crushed by falling objects, caught in foam traps, pushed over, kidnapped/taken hostage, imprisoned, karate-chopped, kicked, tail-grabbed. An animal gets trapped in a burning jungle and dies (off-screen). Characters dangle precariously from a high cliff edge. Many bomb explosions. Spectators watch an elephant/rhino fight. Objects blasted/smashed. Burned/devastated jungle. A homemade aircraft crashes into the jungle (animals on board escape unhurt). Animals are fed hot chillis as a practical joke. Roaring, yelling. A character says, "I'll squash you like a bug". Blood/gore: Scarred face. A character removes a tooth. Character covered in green sneeze goo. Red bloodshot eyes.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    (None): Kissing, hugging, flirting. An animal undresses out of a bikini.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    A character says "drinks are on me".

  • LANGUAGE

    Butt. Name-calling (companion of misery, smelly, dummy, clown, bandit, Mr Psycho Koala, lunatic, stubborn, old man, little shrimp, senior citizen, evil, slaves, defective, worthless, etc).

  • THEMES

    Teamwork, revenge, justice, mother-son relationships, invention, peace-keeping, rejection.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead friend. Tiger, penguin, fish, tarsier, toads, bat, sloth, warthog, crab, hippos, rhinos, opossums, koala, iguana, badger, armadillo, primates (gorillas/baboons), elephants, gerboa, meerkats, porcupine, kiwi, shark fins, chameleon, turtle, flamingoes, alligator, toucan, cockatoos, vulture, beaver, raccoons, buzzing insects, snake, hyena. Full moon, lightning. Marinated slugs, cockroach juice, fried slugs eaten. Mid-credits scene.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Fun, zany, happy, zappy, chirpy. Family friendly, action-packed opening, some impressive/glossy animation.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Familiar, derivative, violent, overcooked, childish, unimaginative, disappointing, underwhelming, illogical, nonsensical, disjointed. No sense of progress or character development, terrible gender politics, loud/omnipresent soundtrack.

Planetarium (2016)

Published in P
Sunday, 12 March 2017 01:52
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  • Rating

    M: Mature themes, sex, nudity and drug use.

  • The pitch

    I always feel love for winged things.

  • Starring

    Natalie Portman, Lily-Rose Depp, Emmanuel Salinger, Amira Casar, Pierre Salvadori, Louis Garrel, David Bennent, Damien Chapelle

  • Directed by

    Rebecca Zlotowski

  • Running time

    105 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), NR (UK), NR (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    A man appears to be choking (gloved fingers seen pressing into throat). A girl is slapped. Explosion, burning equipment. Overturned cart (accident) mentioned. Blood/gore: Bleeding from ear. Leukaemia mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A man shows a woman pornographic videos (threesomes, oral sex, etc). Kissing (m-f; m-m), hand-holding, caressing, undressing. Full-frontal male nudity, female nudity (rear/side views). Erection visible beneath trousers. Nude men seen bathing in the distance. Shirtless men, women in nightwear, women in lingerie. Breathing/groaning sounds coming from a bedroom sound like sex noises. Orgy mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Drugs (white powder rubbed on gums). Alcohol (champagne, beer, spirits, wine). Smoking. A girl consumes laxative and diuretic pills. Alcoholic mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    Name-calling (calculating, megalomaniac, bastard, jealous, disgusting, prude, whore, off the rails, etc). Religious references and exclamations (crucifix on wall, actor wearing nun's habit, oh my God).

  • THEMES

    Sisters, mediumship, seances, 1940s France, acting, filmmaking, cabaret, scientific experiments, father-son relationships, foreigners, prejudice, anti-Semitism, skeptics, leukaemia, death.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead brother, dead wife, dead father, dead child, dead sister mentioned. Coloured pigeons, caged birds, cat, dog, caged rabbits. Taxidermy mice. Fur worn. Drooling, gagging. French language (subtitles). Loosely inspired by the Fox sisters.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Spellbinding, enigmatic, ambitious, sensual, sophisticated, semi-allegorical, layered, star-studded, dreamy, delicate, ephemeral, lush, arty. Superb/stunning/strong/assured/commanding performances, alluring premise, gorgeous/ravishing/luscious visuals, beautiful/bohemian/sumptuous/exquisite production design and costumes, convincing recreations of mid-century film stock.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Boring, scattered, flaky, insubstantial, forgettable, superficial, spiritless, inert, messy, aimless, prosaic. Clumsy/enervating/dull at times, meagre script, basic plot progression.

Elle (2016)

Published in E
Friday, 28 October 2016 01:56
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  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong themes, sexual violence, sex scenes, coarse language and nudity.

  • Starring

    Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny, Charles Berling, Virginie Efira, Judith Magre, Christian Berkel, Jonas Bloquet, Alice Isaaz, Vimala Pons, Raphaël Lenglet, Arthur Mazet, Lucas Prisor

  • Directed by

    Paul Verhoeven

  • Running time

    130 minutes

  • Rated

    MA15+ (Australia), NR (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    A woman is brutally raped (multiple scenes), beaten, smacked, thrown to the ground, head-slammed, throat-grabbed, victimised. People are hit with objects, stabbed, tackled, dragged, kicked, slapped, face-grabbed, kneed, pepper-sprayed. Home invasion; man in ski mask. Suicide reference (man hanged himself; act not seen). Smashed objects, clothes torn, wall banged in anger. People play a violent video game (female characters are grabbed/stabbed/anally penetrated by a tentacle). A bird smashes into a window. A bird is near-eaten by a cat. A video shows beetles being crushed underfoot. A woman reverses her car into another vehicle; a car window is smashed; a vehicle swerves and crashes into woodland. A woman dumps a food tray on another woman. A woman describes how food was thrown at her in public. Archival footage shows murder victims, serial killer/killing spree discussed; murder of people/dogs/cast mentioned. A woman accuses her partner of hitting her. Parole hearing, rather gouge out eyes, poison her mentioned. A woman says "I'll kill you" to her mother. Shooting practice. Screaming, arguing, yelling, shouting. Blood/gore: Exposed skull. Archival news footage shows bloodied corpses in body bags. Corpse in coffin. Bloody legs/hands/knee/cuts/bubbles/clothing/head/faces/skull/hair/brain/objects; blood spatter. Blood extraction (needle seen entering skin/blood filling syringe). Bruising, bandage, wound-dressing. A woman collapses. Patient in ambulance, hospital bed, flatlining, IV drips, breathing tube, brain images, patient on crutches, patient in coma. Gutting an orc, feeling the blood on your hands, losing blood, placental abruption, stillborn baby, dead children, eat goat's innards, major stroke, aneurysm, cardiac arrest, torn anterior cruciate ligament mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A woman is raped (several scenes/flashback). A woman receives obscene text messages/videos. Couples have bedroom sex. A woman performs manual stimulation on a male. Masturbation, crotch-rubbing, leg-rubbing, orgasm, infidelity. Sperm on sheets. Flirting, kissing (m-f; f-f), caressing, undressing. Nude women (frontal/side/rear views), nude men (genitals not seen), exposed breasts, nude bottom, women in lingerie, man in underwear, cleavage, people in exercise gear/bath/shower/towels. A female boss instructs an employee to show his penis. Image of girl in underwear. Statue of woman in lingerie. STD, PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis), period, condom, HIV, sperm, boner, striptease mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (spirits, champagne, wine); intoxication. Smoking. Dealing weed, GTN (glyceryl trinitrate) mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    C-word, f-words, s-words, a-words, b*tch, bastard, cr*p. Name-calling (loser, bimbos, cretin, nutjob, creep, moron etc). Slang for breasts and male genitals. Religious references and exclamations (oh my God, hell, Jesus).

  • THEMES

    Rape, victimisation, sex, consent, obsession, empowerment, gratification, exes, infidelity, relationships, video game development, photography, serial killers, death, grief, paternity, Christmas, neighbours.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead mother, dead father, dead neighbour, dead husband. Birth scene (off-camera). Engagement. Job loss, birth pain, relationship breakup mentioned. Hospital, prison, cemetery settings. Spreading ashes, spitting. Cat, bird, deer. French language (subtitles). Based on the novel "Oh..." by Philippe Djian.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Seductive, upsetting, complex, gripping, disturbing, brazen, dangerous, electrifying, provocative, outrageous, bold, uproarious, galvanic, remarkable, breathtaking, corrosive, funny, layered, suspenseful, unsettling, twisted, audacious, dark, classy, impressive, surprising, polished, needling, ingenious, mischievous, unnerving, subversive. Virtuous/alluring/charismatic/exceptional/standout/enthralling/riveting/incredible/ambiguous/witty/bold performance by Isabelle Huppert, deliciously morbid script, expert storytelling, rich/credible characterisation, lush/swooning/suspenseful score.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Won't be for everyone.

Rock The Casbah

Published in R
Friday, 14 November 2014 20:44
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  • Rating

    M: Mature themes, sexual references and nudity.

  • The pitch

    Every family has its secrets.

  • Starring

    Morjana Alaoui, Nadine Labaki, Lubna Azabal, Hiam Abbass, Omar Sharif, Raouia, Adel Bencherif, Assia Bentria, Hassan El Ganouni, Jad Mhidi Senhaji

  • Directed by

    Laïla Marrakchi

  • Running time

    100 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), NR (UK), NR (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Peoplen are slapped, grabbed, handcuffed (theatrical). Stripped car (parts stolen). Bomb tied to woman/suicide bombing (theatrical). Arguing, yelling. Terrorists, suicide mentioned. Blood/gore: Washing corpse. Bandages. Bloody face (theatrical). Needles/syringes.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Erection. Children read pornographic magazines. Kissing, flirting. Woman in bra, cleavage, shirtless men, beachwear. Breast enhancement discussed. Paedophilia (breast-fondling) mentioned. References to sexual activity/orgasm, infidelity, illegitimacy, incest.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer, spirits). Smoking (cigarette, cigar). Gambling (poker) mentioned. Tranquilisers, junkie, alcoholic mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    S-words, b*tch, bastard. Name-calling (pig). Slang for genitals. Derogatory term for women. Religious references, prayer.

  • THEMES

    Family, funeral, grief, marriage, divorce, movies, fame, cultural differences, family secrets, classic cars, Tangiers, pirate DVDs, plastic surgery, inheritance, will readings, incest.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Deceased brother/husband/father/grandfather. Deceased daughter mentioned. Marriage separation, pregnancy, abortion mentioned. Funeral, burial, cemetery, bar settings. Plane, ghost/apparition. Budgerigar, horse, dog. Urination. Seafood prepared, raw meat seen. Arabic and French languages (subtitled).

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Fun, humorous, real, light, enjoyable, satirical, engaging, character-driven, well-paced. Strong/near all-female cast, some charming acting, some funny dialogue, vibrant characters, beautiful cinematography, eye-catching set decoration.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Predictable, sentimental, cheesy, obvious. Daytime soapish, uneven acting, juxtapositions become tiring.

Le Week-End

Published in L
Thursday, 20 February 2014 10:32
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  • Rating

    M: Coarse language, sexual references and drug use.

  • The pitch

    A great way to finish the week.

  • Starring

    Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan, Jeff Goldblum, Olly Alexander, Brice Beaugier

  • Directed by

    Roger Michell

  • Running time

    93 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are pushed over/against a wall. People fall over. Attempted suicide (mother), suicide pact, killing ourselves mentioned. Theft. Arguing, shouting. Blood/gore: Bloody cut, wound-dressing, injured knee.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Sexual-themed discussion, propositioning. Kissing, flirting. Dressing. Man in underwear, flimsy clothing, woman in towel, woman in slip. Breast-flashing (off-screen), propositioning. Statues of naked people kissing. Sexual slang. Ejaculation, infidelity, orgies, lovemaking mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (champagne, spirits, beer, wine). Intoxication. Smoking (cigarettes, marijuana). Teen smoking, drinking. Drug-taking, pot-head son mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words. Name-calling. Slang and actual terms for genitalia, sexual innuendo, sexually-explicit language. Joke about suicide/suicide pact. Derogatory term for women. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Relationships, anxiety, finances, family, abandonment, assisted death, accusations, student-teacher relationships, holidays, Paris, rejection, marriage, regrets, anniversaries, suicide, annoying habits.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Forced early retirement. Divorce, skin cancer, stomach cancer, Alzheimer's, bipolar, depression mentioned. Church, cemetery settings.  Filleting fish, shelling oysters. Taxidermy heads, toilet. Flocks of pigeons.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Touching, bittersweet, charming, supple, droll, warm, prickly, well-handled, modest, affecting, thorny, sophisticated, sharp, funny, tender, insightful, accomplished, calculated, delightful, resonant. Intelligent performances, unsentimental observation of marriage, terrific climactic stretch, mellow score, unfettered camerawork, naturalistic detail, clumsy feel.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Overwritten dialogue. Minor contrivances.

Le Passé (The Past)

Published in L
Thursday, 07 November 2013 00:21
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  • Rating

    M: Mature themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Always catches up with you.

  • Starring

    Bérénice Bejo, Tahar Rahim, Ali Mosaffa, Pauline Burlet, Elyes Aguis, Jeanne Jestin, Sabrina Ouazani, Babak Karimi

  • Directed by

    Asghar Farhadi

  • Running time

    130 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), NR (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Children are slapped, wrestled, punished, yelled at. A man slaps a woman. Objects kicked. Attempted suicide, mother committed suicide mentioned. Arguing, yelling. Blood/gore: Cut hand, wound-dressing.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    None.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Taking pills mentioned (speculative). Smoking (including during pregnancy).

  • LANGUAGE

    F-word, s-words, bastard. Name-calling. Marriage, teen, gender stereotypes. Religious exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Blended families, exes, pregnancy, divorce, secrets, repercussions, communication, imperfection, insecurity, victims, suicide, death, infidelity, revenge, bitterness, lies, accusations.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Ex-husband, comatose wife, job loss. Hospital setting. Estranged father, divorce, abortion, depression, paint allergy mentioned. French language (subtitles).

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Stylish, tender, layered, honest, effective, heartbreaking, compelling, riveting, nuanced, complex, candid, touching, slow, patient, attentive, engrossing, sinewy, absorbing. Superbly acted, intricate characters, involving narrative, formalist direction, intense dialogue, brilliant cast, graceful pacing, unexpected plot turns.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Talk-heavy, hand-wringing. Slightly contrived, mopey tone, long running time.

Fly Me To The Moon (Un Plan Parfait)

Published in F
Tuesday, 08 October 2013 23:08
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  • Rating

    M: Coarse language and sexual references.

  • The pitch

    Love at first flight.

  • Starring

    Diane Kruger, Dany Boon, Alice Pol, Robert Plagnol, Jonathan Cohen, Bernadette Le Saché, Etienne Chicot, Laure Calamy, Malonn Lévana

  • Directed by

    Pascal Chaumeil

  • Running time

    101 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), NR (UK), NR (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People get slapped, hit with objects, elbowed, accidentally injured. Objects thrown, smashed. Plane crashes, suicide mentioned (figurative). Arguing. Blood/gore: A man is stabbed multiple times with a syringe (mostly in his face). Swelling. Dental drills heard. Goat heads, goat offal, goat skin. Animal skull and bones seen. Consuming animal droppings discussed.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Kissing, caressing, flirting. Couple seen in bed (sex implied). Prostitution, internet sex, premature ejaculation, lap dance mentioned. Crotch-adjusting, breast-grabbing. Woman in underwear, very skimpy clothing. Revealing dancewear, evening wear. People wearing swimwear. Shirtless man. Cleavage.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (wine, champagne, spirits, shots). Bar settings. Smoking (cigarettes, cigar). Man in shower, woman in towel (no genitals seen).A man is stabbed with a sedative. Yellow Fever medication, kids doing drugs (speculative) mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-word, s-words, a-words. Name-calling, mocking behaviour. Sexual-themed slang (verbal and hand gestures). Gender, genre, cultural, ethnic, racial, tribal, marriage, mother-in-law, tourist stereotypes. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Romance, relationships, dating, engagement, marriage, divorce, long-term relationships, family, curses, depression, travel, ritual, custom, ceremony, cabaret, star-gazing, ten-pin bowling, lying, love at first sight, hair loss, aerobatics, weightlessness, fate.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Divorces, deceased father, relationship breakups mentioned. A man marries his daughter. Church, wedding, dental clinic settings. Horses, lion, caged chickens, cockroach, elephants, goat, planes, aerial stunts. Foie gras, supu (goat offal stew), eyeball, lamb eaten. Fur worn. Depression, panic attack, fear of flying mentioned. Vomiting, spitting, gagging, urine-soaked clothing. Original title is Un Plan Parfait. French language with subtitles. Mid-credits scene.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Sweet, funny, entertaining, high-concept. Enthusiastic performances, persuasive chemistry between leads, strong production values, seamless special effects, appealing narrative framing device.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Clichéd, contrived, conventional, convoluted, overcooked, over-complicated, predictable, uneven, unconvincing, implausible. Unlikeable characters, narrative flaws, lacks heart.

Populaire

Published in P
Saturday, 29 June 2013 23:18
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  • Rating

    M: Sex scene and brief nudity.

  • The pitch

    Type-setting.

  • Starring

    Déborah François, Romain Duris, Bérénice Bejo, Shaun Benson, Mélanie Bernier, Nicolas Bedos, Miou-Miou, Eddy Mitchell, Frédéric Pierrot, Féodor Atkine

  • Directed by

    Régis Roinsard

  • Running time

    111 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    A couple slap each other. A man is shoved aside, a woman's arm is grabbed, a man is punched. Bicycle accident. An object is smashed. French Resistance, people attacked and shot mentioned. Yelling, arguing. Blood/gore: Blood spot on bandage. Amputation mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A couple have sex. Kissing, undressing, foreplay, breast fondling. Seduction mentioned. Flirting. Nudity: Nude couple between sheets; nude profile, breasts seen. Shirtless man (photograph). Clingy blouse.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (wine, spirits, cocktails, champagne). Smoking (cigars, cigarettes). Betting.

  • LANGUAGE

    S-word. Name-calling. Religious exclamation. Gender stereotypes. Obscene finger gesture.

  • THEMES

    Speed-typing, secretarial skills, rivalry, kindness, practise, training, competition, 1950s France, romance, talent, insurance sales, employer-employee relationships, fame, invention.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Arranged/expected marriage, engagement mentioned. Deceased mother, graveyard setting. A man confronts his ex. Dog, cows. Camera bulbs flash, magic show.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Breezy, undemanding, charming, lovable, vibrant, well paced, superbly crafted, finely acted, delightful, deliciously kitsch. Wonderfully chic costumes and period design, infectious soundtrack. Nail-biting competition scenes.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Saccharine, predictable, overlong, threadbare plot, formulaic, shallow. Lacks drama, comedy and tension.

The Prey (la proie)

Published in T
Monday, 17 June 2013 00:12
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    15 (UK): Contains strong bloody violence, threat and language.

  • The pitch

    Preying for justice.

  • Starring

    Albert Dupontel, Alice Taglioni, Stéphane Debac, Sergi López, Natacha Régnier, Caterina Murino, Zinedine Soualem

  • Directed by

    Eric Valette

  • Running time

    105 minutes

  • Rated

    CTC (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Children are kidnapped, murdered. People are shot, shot at, headbutted, stabbed, slapped, elbowed, hit with objects, hit by cars, kicked, beaten, stomped, gagged, near-asphyxiated, butt-whipped, eye-gouged, threatened, held at gunpoint, pursued, drugged. A man is sexually assaulted. Two men smash through a window, crash onto car. Raped girls, missing children, beaten woman, house set on fire, girlfriend murdered by violent ex, stickups, bank holdup mentioned. Prison escape, police raids, doors kicked in, vehicle collisions, a man hangs precariously from a train, cars rammed, stolen car, break and enter, river dragged. Blood/gore: Blood on faces, walls, clothing, hands, arms, objects; bloody mouth, bloody ear, bloody bullet wound. Scars. Corpses (woman, child).

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Couple have sex during a conjugal visit. Kissing, undressing. Cleavage.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    A man consumes an unidentified drug. Alcohol (spirits). Smoking.  Xyrhex seen.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words. Name-calling. Religious references.

  • THEMES

    Serial killing, child abuse, missing persons, crime, guilt, innocence, being framed, surveillance, police work, private investigation, victims, DNA evidence, justice, prison brutality (guards and inmates), amorality, trust.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Murdered wife, ex-girlfriend mentioned. Prison, infirmary, hospital, cemetery, grave settings. Wild boar, dogs. Full moon, helicopter, sparks, mute child. French and Russian languages (subtitles). Original title is La Proie.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Tense, taut, suspenseful, intense, entertaining, fast-paced, relentless. Confidently executed. Gritty performance from Dupontel.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Clichéd, ridiculous, exploitative, formulaic. Television-style production values, overwrought finale.

Starbuck

Published in S
Saturday, 11 May 2013 10:07
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Mature themes, sexual references, drug use and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    533 stories rolled into one.

  • Starring

    Patrick Huard, Julie LeBreton, Antoine Bertrand, Dominic Philie, Marc Bélanger, Igor Ovadis, David Michael, Patrick Martin, Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse, Félix-Antoine Tremblay

  • Directed by

    Ken Scott

  • Running time

    109 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    A man is shoved, threatened; his head is held under water. A woman throws, smashes her phone. A news story about a mother drowning her two children is mentioned. Shouting. Blood/gore: Animal blood on butcher's apron. Vomiting. CPR.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Masturbation, pornographic magazines, ejaculation (movements and moaning). Slang terms and discussions about masturbation and erections. Prostitution mentioned. Ogling. Kissing (male-male, male-female). Swimwear.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Marijuana plants. Heroin overdose (needle protrudes from arm and convulsing). Methadone, rehabilitation, drug-dealing mentioned. Alcohol (beer, wine, spirits).

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, a-words, derogatory name for females, slang and actual terms for bodily functions and male genitalia. Name-calling and humorous mocking (vegetarians, homosexuals, parents, children). Religious references (Jesus statue, picture of Mary) and exclamations. Stereotyping.

  • THEMES

    Parenting, conception, pregnancy, birth, fatherhood, sperm donation, reproduction, family, responsibility, privacy, debt, good deeds.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Butcher shop setting (hanging racks of meat, jamón, salami, pig heads). Steak, sausages barbecued. Hospital setting (maternity ward, clinic). Courtroom setting. Deceased wife/mother, father mentioned. Marriage proposal. Abortion, post-partum depression mentioned. Goldfish, dog (on television). Campfire. Taxidermy (animal horns on wall). French language (subtitled).

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Brilliant premise, warm, funny, charming. Good performances, casting.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Plot holes and inconsistencies. A little long and over-cute. Implausible.