Julia Ducournau directs Agathe Rousselle, Vincent Lindon and Garance Marillier in this French body horror where a serial killer is impregnated by a car and then impersonates a long missing boy to lie low from the heat.
As with nearly all French extreme cinema – Is it powerful? Yes. Would I want to repeat the experience any time soon? Probably not. There’s lots of positives- the physicality of the lead performances, the lo-fi hard hitting dance sequence and the gender fluidity. Yet it does feel like two concepts mashed awkwardly together and the serial killer first act doesn’t gel with the body horror fairytale that follows. Luckily everything is left ickily ambiguous so you can take what you like and leave what you don’t. The scenes that require the strongest stomach are executed the most confidently. I hope Julia Ducournau doesn’t move any further away from pure horror than this though.
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