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Frontier(s) (2007)

Frontière(s) (original title)
Unrated | | Horror | 23 January 2008 (France)
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A gang of young thieves flee Paris during the violent aftermath of a political election, only to hole up at an Inn run by neo-Nazis.

Director:

Xavier Gens

Writer:

Xavier Gens
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Karina Testa ... Yasmine
Samuel Le Bihan ... Goetz
Estelle Lefébure ... Gilberte
Aurélien Wiik ... Alex
David Saracino David Saracino ... Tom
Chems Dahmani Chems Dahmani ... Farid
Maud Forget ... Eva
Amélie Daure ... Klaudia
Rosine Favey Rosine Favey ... La mere
Adel Bencherif ... Sami
Joël Lefrançois ... Hans
Patrick Ligardes Patrick Ligardes ... Karl
Jean-Pierre Jorris ... Von Geisler
Stéphane Jacquot Stéphane Jacquot ... Policeman
Christine Culerier Christine Culerier ... Nurse
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In Paris, during the riots due to the election of a conservative candidate to the presidency of France, a group of four muslim small-time criminal teenagers from the periphery; Alex, Tom, Farid, the pregnant Yasmine, and her brother Sami, plan to run away from Paris to Amsterdam with a bag full of robbed money. However, Sami is shot and the group split up, with Alex and Yasmine going to the emergency hospital with Sami while Tom and Farid head to the border with the money. Tom and Farid decide to stop in a bed and breakfast nearby the frontier, and are hosted by Gilberte and Klaudia that offer free room and sex to the newcomers. They call Alex and Yasmine who are fleeing from Paris to join them in the inn. But soon they discover that their hosts are sadistic cannibals of a Nazi family led by the deranged patriarch and former SS officer and Nazi war criminal Le Von Geisler who plans to make Yasmine the brood mare for a new Aryan master race. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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(at around 1h 00 mins) After Von Geisler uses the pliers on the back of Alex's leg, he laughs and uses the phrase "Arbeit macht frei." This phrase, loosely translated as "work makes you free," is the infamous motto that was posted at the front of Nazi concentration camps during the Second World War, and still hangs on the Auschwitz concentration camp museum entrance today. See more »

Goofs

In the middle of the movie, when Farid escapes to the basement, he hits Karl in the face with a sledgehammer and knocks him down. Then, in the next scene Karl is sitting at the dinner table, with no mark of that stroke on his face. See more »

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[first lines]
Yasmine: My name is Yasmine. I'm three months pregnant. One day, someone said "Men are born free with equal rights". The world in which I live is the opposite. Who would want to be born to grow up in the chaos and the hate? I've decided to spare him the worst.
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Alternate Versions

The German versions had to be cut to be released at all. The rental version was cut by ca. 3 minutes to secure a light SPIO/JK approval, whereas the retail version was cut by ca. 7 minutes for a "Not under 18" FSK rating. See more »

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Referenced in Viande d'origine française (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Lili Marleen
Written by Hans Leip and Norbert Schultze
©Apollo Verlag Paul Lincke
With the autorization of Warner Chappell Music France
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The Final Frontier(s)?
2 August 2008 | by Jonny_NumbSee all my reviews

Homage is a tricky thing–there is an extremely fine line in paying tribute to the cinematic works of others and merely ripping them off (hello, "Doomsday"!). And integrating a whiff of political commentary to give an aura of sophistication to what is, at heart, an unabashed splatter-fest, is even trickier (and much harder to pull of convincingly–see George Romero's "Living Dead" series). Despite how wobbly Xavier ("Hitman") Gens' blood-soaked "Frontier(s)" is in both of these departments, it comes out ahead due to its own maniacal, implacable energy; while prone to including too many monotonous chases that slow up (rather than quicken) the overall pace, there are scenes of such visceral savagery on display that it's hard to take your eyes off the screen. While some of the performances and characterizations veer dangerously close to camp, Gens comes close to establishing the same sort of fever-dream madness that made "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" so endearing: when an extreme right-wing candidate is elected to the French presidency, the citizens take to the streets in protest (the film's opening images are culled from actual news footage); using this as a cover, 5 small-time crooks knock off a bank and meet up at a countryside hostel that just happens to be run by several generations of an inbred, neo-Nazi family (including a patriarch that looks like B-movie king Roger Corman; and a sister who resembles Gen from The Genitortures); what ensues is a survival-of-the-luckiest chase through bowels-of-hell settings that have been well-established in the "Saw" and "Hostel" flicks. Gens also pulls (un)inspiration from the likes of "The Descent" (a fantastically claustrophobic tunnel-crawl; subhuman critters in underground caverns), "High Tension" (the beleaguered heroine spends the last 20 minutes wearing a literal coat of gore), and seemingly every one of the "Texas Chainsaw"s (coming closest to the family dynamic of Part III). While "Frontier(s)" spills its share of the red vino, it doesn't approach the level its reputation would lead you to believe–by comparison, the far more original "Inside" trumps this in terms of jaw-dropping carnage–but Gens instills his violence with such a brutally misanthropic tone that it comes across with more discomfort than catharsis. That being said, there is a bizarre appeal to our protagonists, probably because their initial crime and in-fighting becomes more forgivable in the face of the malevolent menace they bump up against; and the villains are grotesquely charismatic, forming an interlacing network of poison DNA and an undeniable (and undeniably perverse) sense of familial honor. "Frontier(s)" is messy, and certainly no masterpiece, but it makes for a diverting trip into the potential for genre extremity.


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France | Switzerland

Language:

French | German

Release Date:

23 January 2008 (France) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$512,000, 11 November 2007

Gross USA:

$97,182

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,783,535
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2.35 : 1
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