Isabelle, an innocent and optimistic young woman, is taking nursing classes in a hospital where her cousin Véronique also works. She encounters Doctor Philipp, a handsome, experienced and influential surgeon who shows little interest in her. All this changes when she begins to suffer unexplained fainting spells and the doctor begins to take a sinister interest in looking after her as his patient. Isabelle begins to uncover the terrifying secrets behind Dr. Phillipp’s nighttime activities….
Marseille, 1963. Co-screenwriter and art adviser for filmmakers like Dominik Moll, Laurent Canet and Cédric Kahn, he picked up the FIPRESCI award with the short film Joyeux Noël (93) and has been nominated on several occasions for the Cesar awards. He debuted as a feature director in 2003 with Qui a tué bambi?. —sitgesfilmfestival
I love the first hour, in which we are still in our way to learn what's happening, the aura of the doctor, Bambi's feelings about her couple, studies, friends, illness. After we discover the main goal the doctor has, the film starts going nude in a sterile way. Some promising moments become lost opportunities since some scenes finish or start the same way: Bambi going to sleep or waking up. The credibility of the film is damaged when some actions happen without most people realizing out. Lighting and settings help to create a great mood.
The movie does not really work at so many levels, and yet there's something absolutely fascinating about Laurent Lucas' character. His face is so enigmatic, charismatic... He's more convincing as a prey (think "Calvaire" or "Lemming") than as a predator. There's always an aura of tragedy in his expression...