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Movie: Left Bank

I watched a movie tonight called Left Bank -- a gothic horror thriller, basically, disguised at first as a sexy tale of love and mystery. I say "sexy" because the lead actress is naked through a lot of this movie -- and she and her boyfriend practice various positions before the movie's half over. Yet...it's tastefully done.

And integral to the story.

I mean it.

Left Bank is a Belgian film from director Pieter van Hees and the lead actress, Eline Kuppens, does a great turn as the Rosemaryesque heroine of the story. When young competitive runner Marie meets archer Bobby, the chemistry is undeniable. They embark on a love affair. While resting up from some health issues, she moves in with him -- and it's in his apartment in the area called the "Left Bank" that the inklings of something dreadful begin.

A woman named Hella disappeared months before, and the mystery of her disappearance becomes a source of morbid fascination for young Marie as she discovers secrets of the apartments where she lives.

I can't tell too much more without giving away the farm, but there are ritual occult dealings, a possible cult, pagan doings, hints of witchcraft -- and Marie's crazy mother who starts figuring out something's wrong with the Left Bank a bit earlier than her daughter does.

Despite a little confusion toward the end, it has a great ending that puts a spin on the story I didn't expect. I enjoyed it. It doesn't have the brilliance of The Others or Let the Right One In, but it was enjoyable. Not a scarefest, exactly, but a quiet tale of ancient mysteries in the modern world.

Here's the trailer for the movie:


Douglas Clegg



( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 10th, 2009 02:05 pm (UTC)
Looks very interesting. Thanks for the rec.
Mar. 11th, 2009 02:17 am (UTC)
Wow. That looks good. Never heard of it before. Might be able to get my wife to watch it too since she likes thrillers. Thanks for the heads up. :)
Oct. 18th, 2010 11:25 am (UTC)
Watched this at the weekend, very very good film. Really didnt expect the ending i wont spoil it for anyone that hasnt watched this, but if you are into horrors then this is a top notch film. Wiltshire Locksmiths
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