Five gigantic sinkholes have recently been discovered on a remote plateau on the other side of the world. A team of experts has made the trip to descend into the depths. Among them is professor Georges Lebrun, who has come with his wife.
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I read several bad reviews of this film and was expecting to be disappointed. Instead I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was at times very tense, very mysterious and infuriatingly ambiguous. As much a puzzle as a movie and that may not be to everyone's taste.
It's a portrait of a woman sinking - cryptic and incomprehensible at times, as we immerse ourselves into her mind and psyche. Luckily, the film changed course when it was getting too lost into fantasy, and bounced back into reality before it sunk into the same hole.
At first you don't quite see it coming. What is "les gouffres" about ? Is it his story or hers ? But then it starts to work as a gisant, complex and multiple Metaphor. Barraud and his film never really fit into genre cinema and i like it, this doubt you keep having watching this (precisely : what am i watching). It work even more with his next feature. This time maybe was his ambition too big for him.