Monday, October 15, 2012

31 Horrors: Livid (#9)

Dir. Julien Maury & Alexadre Bustillo
Country: France
Aus Rating: MA15+
Running Time: 88mins

Lost in translation seems to be the theme I keep coming back to for Livid, the new spooky house horror thriller from the French filmmaking team of Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (Inside). Maybe this is genuinely new for French genre cinema, but nothing here comes off as remotely fresh or even particularly interesting. Perhaps there is stuff going on in this film that makes total sense to some people, but not me. And then there’s the look of the film, which is awash is murky digital aesthetic that lacks any warmth and depth. I wonder if it looked this bad and poorly lit when they looked at the action through the camera viewfinder?

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1 comment:

mangrove said...

When I saw this at a cinema, each new scene brought on a sigh of "how many ways are they going to think of to screw the production design with such awful photography?" It was quite a lot actually...
The budget probably was minuscule and they really tried to put it on the screen, too bad they didn't try to showcase it.