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3 September 2007 - Athena
I really don’t know the proper words other than thank you and what an amazing film... When I first saw Dedales on Sylvie Testud imdb resume, well, I was rather impatient for it to be released in the US... that is until I saw it available on Amazon last week. Needless to say I immediately bought it... This is now rated amongst my favourite of films. Your script is remarkable and the acting is superb. I did watch it twice already because I know I was taken in and led down the wrong path the first time so I missed the brilliance of some of the performances...
This film has touched me greatly and I wish "Hollywood" would focus more on such quality and films of depth than what comes out of it. But alas, it is filmmakers such as yourself that give the art its redemption and offer viewers such as myself a great piece of work that touches us to our very core. It has given me further insight into myself and another chance at peeling away yet another layer as I work through my own labyrinth. And, I shall now be checking out the rest of your films for you have won my respect and admiration as a filmmaker. It is amazing how the labyrinth of life works for I was led to you by my respect an admiration for Sylvie and now am led down another path, weaving and turning where life leads me. :-)
3 September 2007 - Dolphin Dreams - Los Angeles, CA USA
I am not one to write reviews, but after seeing this film... well, I just had to...
From the moment it started I was riveted to the screen and by the end felt I had been through a gamut of emotions myself. Now, the one thing I will say about this film is I had to watch it again to really appreciate the performances by every single actor in this film. The plot is complex, riveting, and emotionally wrenching... When does one cross the line from switching "hats" or "roles" to becoming a patient with multiple personality disorder ? There are definite diagnostic procedures, but what I am speaking about is what the film gets us, or at least got me to think about... that journey within that can be terrifying.
I am ashamed to admit I had not been familiar with the work of Rene Manzor and am now going to rent and possibly buy what I can of his. He has won me over as a fan with this brilliant piece of work. I cannot say enough about the performance of Sylvie Testud, watching her go from one personality to another. The change in her face, her body language, her voice, all of it amazing and a thrill to watch. And, as I stated previously, after the second viewing I was gobsmacked by the performances of Lambert Wilson, Frédéric Diefenthal and Michel Duchaussoy. If you are one who likes to delve into the depths of the mind ; if you are one who likes to delve into the depths of the soul and hell and back, then this is one film you don’t want to miss. Thank you to all who made this production possible !
Awesome movie !
11 Jan 2006 - mainzelcount
I watched it on dvd, so i could watch it twice, because you will have to :)
This one is an underrated masterpiece of filming. Fantastic acting and great script.
If you watch it, pay attention to every little detail to understand. :)
This movie twisted my brain. For good !
25 September 2005 - cobalt7
For anybody interested in Schyzophrenia related movies (FightClub, A Beautiful Mind etc..), This movie is a MUST-SEE !
Great cut, no useless redundancies, "Viewtiful" photography, very dark without being over-stylized, Fantastic acting and overall, Wonderful plot.
Anyway, stop reading this already, GO see it yourself ! And.. It’s wise to plan 4 hours in front of you, since you’ll probably want to see it twice.
(I don’t know if the US version is well dubbed, but the french version is really successful. So, if you’re not allergic to subtitles, try to see it in its original language.)
The French Touch makes the difference ...
20 January 2004 - boutrel
If you really enjoyed watching Identity, look at this amazing french movie, and enjoy the French touch ... The screenplay is a real masterpiece and the director’s cut is awesome. The actors talent will surprised you from the beginning to the end, and the story will keep you in a staggering suspense...
A great 6th Sense-style movie with a French twist !
11 September 2003 - larryfilm
I left the Paris theater hours ago and yet my mind is still haunted by the amazing images and sound design of this French masterpiece (far from being the typical boring and arrogant ’film d’auteur’). It’s the story of Claude (played by Sylvie Testut, with a true Oscar-caliber performance here), a 25-year old mentally ill girl who happens to be France’s worst ever serial killer (27 victims discovered half decomposed in the 800-year-old maze of Paris’ catacombs). Her trial sentencing is pending, for the judge is waiting for Claude’s 3-month psychological evaluation. She is sent to a High Security Mental Institution, which Director, Dr. Karl Freud, requires the second opinion of Brennac (played by French star Lambert Wilson, The Merovingian-Cursing-in-French-Virus-Program from ’The Matrix Reloaded’), a subdued psychiatrist, and ask him to figure out the multiple personality disorder that affects Claude beyond belief and to solve the reasons behind her horrifying killing spree in Paris undergrounds. We then enter Claude’s dark mind while recurring flash-backs (starting 6 days prior to Claude’s arrest) help us to better understand and enjoy the increasingly confusing yet fascinating plot.
Well, this is basically an AMAZING film à la "6th sens" (concerning the completely unexpected final twist) with a GREAT look (the photography is constantly bleached and "grainy") and impressive sound design. I also truly enjoyed the acting, like Frederic Diefenthal, the goofy cop from the "Taxi" action movies, who plays here a moody Paris P.D. freelance Profiler, giving useful tips to the investigators combing the crime scenes in a dark and rainy Paris, far far away from the picture perfect Eiffel Tower or Champs Elysees. The sound design is extremely well developed and comes on cue, at moments you least expect. Not a single shot is useless or redundant and the final twist is not as pointless or predictable as in 90% of today’s Hollywood movies of similar genre.
I bet this picture will get the attention of those West coast execs who lack such thing as imagination that they will feel they need to buy this French movie just to get the adaptation rights. Anyway, if you’ve got that picture playing in a theater near you, it’s well worth your $10 !! My vote : 8/10.