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MARTYRS

by Pascal Laugier

synopsis

A horrifying story ripped from the headlines: young Lucie is found half-naked, filthy, starving and nearly catatonic, unable to describe the horrors she has endured. Hospitalized, she learns to function once again with the help of Anna, another young victim of terrible abuse. The girls quickly develop a strong bond, and though they try to protect each other, Lucie continues to be haunted by the spectre of her violent past. Fifteen years later, with the help of Anna, Lucie sets out to wreak vengeance on the family she suspects of being the sadists responsible for her torture. Lucie's violent acts set into motion a downward spiral of pain and despair for the two heroines.

original title: Martyrs
country: France, Canada
sales agent: Wild Bunch
year: 2007
genre: fiction
directed by: Pascal Laugier
release date: FR 03/09/2008, BE 05/11/2008, FI 26/12/2008, PL 13/03/2009, IT 12/06/2009
screenplay: Pascal Laugier
cast: Mylène Jampanoï, Morjana Alaoui, Catherine Bégin, Patricia Tulasne, Robert Toupin, Juliette Gosselin
cinematography by: Stéphane Martin, Nathalie Moliavko - Visotzki
film editing: Sébastien Prangère
art director: Jean-Andre Carriere
music: Alex Cortés, Willie Cortés
producer: Richard Grandpierre, Simon Trottier
production: Eskwad, Wild Bunch Production, Canal+, TCB Productions, Canal Horizons, CinéCinémas
distributor: Wild Bunch Distribution, Cinéart (BE), SPI (PL), Videa-CDE (IT)
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