Pascal Laugier is one of my top horror-thriller directors of recent years, but his first film breaks my first act rule when watching movies. If a film doesn't stir my emotions in that amount of time (regardless if it's a slow or fast paced film) and gets me watching the clock and not caring much about what happens next, then my mind is often elsewhere and I'm just distracted while forcing myself to finish it.
In the Nazi occupation of World War II, hundreds of children were sent to “Saint Ange” but most died before the end of the war. Anne begins work in the ominously towering orphanage. She has nightmares of an orgy of mirrors crashing and bodies kneeling in white rooms like supernatural waxworks of trauma itself. A religio-sexual, destabilised scrapbook of Gothic visual motifs. Hollow without depth of lead character.