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A Brutal Game

A Brutal Game

Director: Jean-Claude Brisseau

Country:  France

Year of Production:  1983

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Synopsis

Jean-Claude Brisseau (Secret Things, The Exterminating Angels, A L’Aventure) is an auteur often associated with films that are sexually provocative, risqué and controversial.

In this darkly fascinating tale, Professor Tessier (Bruno Cremer), a famous scientist, has an unruly adolescent daughter, Isabelle, who is paralysed from the waist down. From the outset we learn that Tessier is a killer, systematically murdering children who vandalised his lab. Tyrannical and extremely controlling of his daughter, Tessier is also an introverted figure that at times evokes pity. As he descends into a moral abyss his daughter Isabelle increasingly opens up to the world.

Avoiding serial-killer movie clichés, Brisseau has crafted a mesmerising character study, anchored by stunning performances from Emmanuelle Debever and Bruno Cremer. Brutal, passionate, obsessive and pertinent, A BRUTAL GAME (UN JEU BRUTAL) remains to this day one of the most powerful and shocking French films.

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Cast

Starring:  Bruno Cremer, Emmanuelle Debever, Lisa Hérédia

Credits

Director: Jean-Claude Brisseau

Writer(s):  Jean-Claude Brisseau

Producers:  Margaret Menegoz

Production Details

Country:  France

Year of Production:  1983

Language:  French

Duration:  87 minutes

Shooting gauge:  35mm

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Genre(s): 

  • Drama

DVD Release Date:  8th February 2010

Reviews

THE LIST

"as rough, shocking and mad as anything [Brisseau] made later. Cinema does not come much more provocative, challenging or incendiary than this"

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BIZARRE

"Unflinching and vicious, these films will stay with you forever"

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Film in Words

"complex, contemplative, and significant as one of French cinema's most memorable statements."

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CHRIS AND PHIL PRESENT

"this gritty, artistic film definitely pulled me in and by the end I was emotionally invested in its message and its characters. Well worth a watch."

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