MARTYRS

By Pascal LAUGIER

WILD BUNCH - as SALES All rights, World

Horror - Completed 2007


    • Year of production
    • 2007
    • Genres
    • Horror
    • Countries
    • FRANCE
    • Duration
    • 100 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Pascal LAUGIER
    • Producer(s)
    • Richard GRANPIERE
    • Synopsis
    • France. A night at the beginning of the 1970s.
      Lucie, a little girl, missing for over a year, is discovered wandering by the side of a country road.
      Near catatonic, she can say nothing about what has happened to her. The cops quickly find the place in which she’s been incarcerated – a disused slaughterhouse. Every indication is that she never once left the cold, empty room in which she was imprisoned.
      Filthy, starving, dehydrated, the child’s body nonetheless bears no traces of sexual abuse – this was no paedophile abduction, but something far stranger.
      What happened in that icy room? And how did Lucie escape?
      The girl is hospitalized – slowly she learns how to live again, an enfant sauvage gradually returning to reality.
      In the hospital, Lucie meets Anna, another little girl, and a victim of terrible abuse at the hands of her family. In no time, the girls are inseparable.
      Anna takes charge of Lucie, like a mother. As for her kidnappers, the police are at a dead end. Lucie’s ordeal remains a terrible mystery.
      One night, as Anna sleeps, Lucie hears an awful, rasping breathing. A vision appears: a body, naked, skeletal, tortured. Barely human. The apparition seizes the child...
      15 years later. A house, isolated in the middle of a forest. A family home: mum, dad, two kids. A happy home. As they eat breakfast, there is a knock at the door. The father opens it to find a young woman, hollow-eyed and wraithlike and mad. In her hands, a rifle.
      “Remember the little girl I once was?”
      She shoots him where he stands, enters the house, and locks the door...
      Minutes later, the family lie bloody. All dead. Lucie calls Anna, who tells her not to move, she’ll be right there. In shock, Lucie hangs up. And then she hears it. That terrible, terribly familiar breathing...
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