Se siete in cerca di un horror che non sia la solita "americanata", questo fa al caso vostro. Presenta una sottilissima trama che prende corpo minuto dopo minuto, frame dopo frame. Molto interessanti le relazioni tra i personaggi e i continui cambi di registro, fino ad arrivare al fulcro del discorso.
Mixed feelings. The first half is brilliant, I was feeling like a revenge movie, but then the other half was too gory to brutal, I had a hard time finishing it but I did. What I found most interesting is the end, the questions that are left to us, what did Ana said to the lady when she "reached" the other side after being tortured, I think is 50-50 with this one.
Really left a bad taste. I love New French Extremity, but not when the premise is moronic. It's like this. It's like putting a portrait of brutal murder up in an art gallery and saying, well this really important stuff that's why I had to show it, but really you were the one who did the murder just to put it up there, and you left that part out.
The first-half of this movie is actually pretty impressive. I was thinking this movie is gonna be great. MARTYRS already gave us some mysteries from the beginning. It's intense and very disturbing. The "gore" is enough to give you a nightmare. And then came the second-half. It changed its theme. It became a torture-porn. The intensity from the beginning fell down in this part. I was kinda bored. The twist is not bad.
**1/2. This is certainly one of the rare movies that could make you feel in your bones the Nazi medical atrocities perpetrated during WWII. In light of the reactions here at MUBI, 'Martyrs', with this in mind, is a success. I just hope that this was the director's intention while shooting his film. So, recommended to curious and courageous ones only.
A film that is damn near impossible to give an objective rating to. In terms of craft, it does what it sets out to do and executes it flawlessly. On the other hand, the actual merits of viewing it are minuscule--the intensity of the violence and the oppressive emotional pain it provokes in the viewer proving almost impossible to bear. 5 stars for quality. 0 for artistic merit and watchability.
On peut aisément, à la vision du film, comprendre les tergiversations imbéciles de certains membres fragiles ou incultes de la commission de censure (qui n'ont certainement jamais lu Georges Bataille) souhaitant interdire l'oeuvre au moins de 18 ans. Il paraît pourtant évident que l'intégralité du déroulement scénaristique, exclut toute forme de complaisance et de gratuité. www.cinefiches.com
there's a scene that tells you outright what the film is about; in the end, it tells you it asks a question it doesn't know the answer to, which is annoying and just dumb. if you treat this as a two part film, both parts don't make sense together. but it's an okay horror film. it's got this weird atmosphere that is tangible but hard to understand. the torture porn is actually cool, but that's not enough for me.
It's rare that I truly regret watching a film, this was pretty loathsome, I would even hesitate to recommend it to someone I hated. Yes the film seems to have a point but whatever profound aspirations it had are lost somewhere between the relentless misery, utter hopelessness, cruelty and torture.
I appreciate the way Martyrs moves between genres, but when it settles into Expensive-Looking Torture Porn I grew bored & angry. Laugier drags you through base, misogynistic punishment & tacks on a cute punchline in an attempt to justify the stupidity with #deepthoughts. The only difference between Martyrs & Hostel (et al) is this movie is well-shot & French, which apparently gives it a pass. Empty, empty, empty.