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The Village of Shadows (2010)

Le village des ombres (original title)
A group of young people are trapped in an evil village.

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Fouad Benhammou

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Fouad Benhammou (screenplay), Pascal Jaubert (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christa Théret ... Emma Valeyre
Bárbara Goenaga ... Lila
Cyrille Thouvenin ... David Fontana
Ornella Boulé Ornella Boulé ... Marion Valeyre
Axel Kiener Axel Kiener ... Lucas Frantz
Jonathan Cohen Jonathan Cohen ... Mathias
Théo Fernandez ... Bastien Renard
Djédjé Apali ... Hugo Kerimba (as Djedje Apali)
Gérard Dessalles Gérard Dessalles ... Charles Malville
Ariane Aggiage Ariane Aggiage ... Juliette Renard
Jochen Hägele ... Klaus Froelich (as Jochen Haegele)
Pierre-Marie Rochefort-Schneider Pierre-Marie Rochefort-Schneider ... Ulrich Wagner
Lucia Bruxelle Lucia Bruxelle ... Katia Brezinsky
Nicolas Marié Nicolas Marié ... Duc de la Marrière
Richard Darbois ... Baron d'Arbois
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When Lucas Frantz invites his friends to visit his hometown Village de Ruiflec, they head in two cars to spend the weekend. The driver Hugo Kerimba, Marion Valeyre, Stan and his girlfriend Katia Brezinsky follows the car of Lucas, David Fontana, his girlfriend Lila Paredes, Marion's estranged sister Emma Valeyre and Mathias through the lonely winding road in a rainy night. Out of the blue, Hugo steps on the gas and overtakes the other car. Sooner, Lucas, David, Lila, Emma and Mathias find Hugo's car left on the road with the doors open and the passengers missing. They walk to Ruiflec to find shelter and a telephone to call the other group. But they learn that they are trapped in Ruiflec and an evil entity does not allow them to leave the village. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Country:

France

Language:

French | German | Spanish

Release Date:

17 November 2010 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Ruhlar Kasabası See more »

Filming Locations:

Poitou-Charentes, France

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$98,437
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2.35 : 1
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Promising, but not Well Developed Story
20 June 2011 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

When Lucas Frantz (Axel Kiener) invites his friends to visit his hometown Village de Ruiflec, they head in two cars to spend the weekend. The driver Hugo Kerimba (Djedje Apali), Marion Valeyre (Ornella Boulé), Stan and his girlfriend Katia Brezinsky (Lucia Bruxelle) follows the car of Lucas, David Fontana (Cyrille Thouvenin), his girlfriend Lila Paredes (Bárbara Goenaga), Marion's estranged sister Emma Valeyre (Christa Theret) and Mathias (Jonathan Cohen) through the lonely winding road in a rainy night. Out of the blue, Hugo steps on the gas and overtakes the other car. Sooner, Lucas, David, Lila, Emma and Mathias find Hugo's car left on the road with the doors open and the passengers missing. They walk to Ruiflec to find shelter and a telephone to call the other group. But they learn that they are trapped in Ruiflec and an evil entity does not allow them to leave the village.

"Le Village des Ombres" is a promising, but not well developed story of a group of friends that travel together to spend a couple of days in a small village and they discover that they can never leave the cursed place, like in the lyrics of Eagle's "Hotel California ("Last thing I remember, I was running for the door. I had to find the passage back to the place I was before. Relax, said the night man, we are programmed to receive. You can checkout any time you like, but you can never leave!")

The acting is great, but the characters are poorly developed. The cinematography is very dark, but the pace is too slow. The art of the DVD cover is stylish. Unfortunately the plot is messy and does not work very well despite of the twists. My vote is five.

Title (Brazil): "Vila das Sombras" ("Village of the Shadows")


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