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For want of a better name, I've labelled this section Adult. The films reviewed here contain strong sexual themes or more extreme violence.

The reviews themselves are not however explicit.
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  • Alleluia

    Alléluia

  • Blue is the Warmest Colour

    Blue is the Warmest Colour

  • Une

    Une histoire d'amour

  • Martyrs

    Martyrs

  • Jeune et Jolie

    Martyrs

  • The Decine of the American Empire

    Le Déclin de l'empire américain

  • Laissez bronzer les cadavres

    Laissez bronzer les cadavres

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Laissez bronzer les cadavres
Laissez bronzer les cadavres
On Amazon Prime this film was advertised with a 12 certificate. To my mind it should have been at least a 15, possibly an 18. I've added it to my Adult category because of the explicit violence and erotic scenes, some represented as fetish nightmares.

A gang highjack a gold bullion shipment on a mountain road leaving all the guards brutally murdered. Throughout the film we see that they have a hatred of the police. They're holding up in a mountain retreat with a very strange female artist, her lawyer and a writer. After the heist they come across two women and a child who, it turns out, are the wife and child of the writer, and the child's nanny. It wasn't clear to me if the robbers were guests or uninvited visitors among this group.

Two gendarmes arrive to check out the place following the robbery. The woman of the pair doesn't survive for long, while the man begins a protracted battle of wits with the gang. As time passes tension between the gang members, with the involvement of some of the others, results in an ongoing bloodbath.

The filming is at times quite beautiful with the Corsican scenery, but the use of various stylistic effects make watching it quite difficult. There are the previously mentioned nightmares; the regular appearance on a blank screen of the time (all the action takes place during one day), whereby we view a particular event (often bloody) from the perspective of different people; and static images and close-ups that concentrate on extreme violence or sexual imagery. And the second half is for the most part in the semi-darkness which, along with the nature of the filming, at times makes it difficult to work out what's happening.

It's fair to say that I didn't much like this film.


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