4.5 Clearly a heavy blueprint for Chabrol's La cérémonie. Here, fueled by wild histrionics mixed with choreographed dance-like sequences and gestures, and exorbitant violence, Les abysses nearly resembles a horror film (and certainly a Greek tragedy); it's also Papatakis' allegorical portrait of Algerian resistance in the face of French torture. I was unable to look away from the screen.
Inspiré directement de l'étonnante affaire criminelle des soeurs Papin qui défraya la chronique judiciaire de l'année 1933, une terrible histoire de folie, de peur, d'inceste et d'homosexualité que Papatakis traite avec une maîtrise et une conviction certaines... www.cinefiches.com
A huis-clos that not only refers to Genet's "Les Bonnes" as well to the theatricality of Cocteau in "Les Parents Terribles," announcing the films that Júlio Bressane would do in the late 60s and early 70s, with reminiscences of Artaud's theater of cruelty. That is, a film perhaps dated but that implies an unprecedented experience for the viewer, although the camera work does not accompany the theatrical derision.