Les Confins du Monde
FROM 16 Aug
Indochina, 1945. Robert Tassen, (the late Gaspard Ulliel) a young French soldier is the only survivor of a massacre where his brother perished before his eyes. Blinded by vengeance, Robert engages in a solitary and secret quest to find the assassins. But his meeting with Maï, a young Indochinese woman, will change his beliefs.
This is a deliberate, elliptical and startlingly carnal vision of a rogue French soldier’s vengeful heart-of-darkness quest from Guillaume Nicloux. Sewn through with horrifying imagery of brutality and decay - yet not specifically an anti-war film so much as a personal probe into the toxifying properties of unresolved grief. It finds a more robust cinematic language for its philosophical wanderings, with cinematographer David Ungaro’s ravishing jungle vistas practically causing sweat to bead on the screen.
That semi-epic scope, coupled with the star presence of Gaspard Ulliel and recent Nicloux regular Gérard Depardieu, prove an acquired, blood-in-the-mouth taste. Also stars Lang Khê Tran, Guillaume Gouix, Jonathan Couzinié, and Kevin Janss.
Please note that this film has been withdrawn by the distributor.