Barracuda by Philippe Haim
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  • French cinema has always been boring to me
  • This French thriller is absolutely disturbing and I do not recommend it for sensitive souls
  • Barracuda is even more disturbing when you consider that such a thing can happen to anyone of us

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      French cinema has always been boring to me. However, I cannot say so for Barracuda. This French thriller is absolutely disturbing and I do not recommend it for sensitive souls. The beginning is calm but then it is followed by a merciless duel between the two main characters.

      Mr Clement (Jean Rochefort) is an old man in his sixties looking for a friend so that he no more remains


      alone in life. Luc (Guillaume Canet), a young man in his twenties is the new neighbour of Mr Clement. One day, young Luc is invited by the old man for dinner. However, when he decides to go away, the old man knocks him unconscious. Luc is then sequestered by Mr Clement, who decides to keep him for ever as his friend. This is the start of the nightmare for Luc.

      The young man’s sequestration is violent physically and mostly psychologically. No one comes out indifferent after seeing this. The failed attempts of Luc to escape from Mr Clement are absolutely frustrating. Really, I was not expecting this from a French movie. Most scenes take place between the old man and his young captive in a highly claustrophobic atmosphere. The latter’s desperation and frustration is transmitted to the ...


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      Barracuda is even more disturbing when you consider that such a thing can happen to anyone of us. However, I have learned a lesson. I will always mistrust new neighbours as you never know what to expect from strangers. I bet that you will think the same after seeing this movie.

      The director, Philippe Haim has done an absolutely brilliant job. He shows that the making of a good

      film does not necessarily need a huge and budget. Both actors are convincing. Jean Rochefort is a veteran of the French cinema while Guillaume Canet has played together with Leonardo DiCaprio in The Beach.

      Well, this film has been shot in French. But you can get it in dubbed English or with English subtitles on dvd.




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