Written & Directed by Marina de Van
Marina de Van .... Esther
Laurent Lucas .... Vincent
Léa Drucker .... Sandrine
Thibault de Montalembert .... Daniel
Marc Rioufol .... Henri
After Esther, a young businesswoman, suffers from a minor fall that causes major injuries to her once-flawless legs, she develops an odd fascination with the wounds that may at first be construed as self-image problems. But as time goes on, we see this fascination develop into an obsession with not only the wounds themselves but the pain they cause and Esther slowly delves into the dark and all too real world of self-mutilation.
At first the cutting is hidden in shadows, implied rather than strictly seen through clever camera angles but it comes to a boil in a scene in which Esther is out at a business dinner. It's an excellently constructed scene and stomach-wrenchingly difficult to watch, and it only gets better (or worse, depending) from there.
You won't even walk away from this film wanting to eat lunch.
The ending was a bit low-key for my tastes, but it suitably portrayed the loneliness and utter failure that the entire film was building up to. It's a dark and desperate look at a real-life problem taken to the extreme and one of the few films that have ever really brought the horror home, sitting right there next to me on the couch.
Fans of stark realism who don't mind reading the subtitles: see this film.
French (with English subtitles)
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