Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB. France, 1999. Fidélité Productions, Arte France Cinema, StudioCanal, Euro Space, Canal+, Studio Images 5, Centre National De La Cinematographie. Scenario and dialogue by Francois Ozon, Scenario collaboration with Marcia Romano, Annabelle Perrichon. Cinematography by Pierre Stoeber. Produced by Olivier Delbosc, Marc Missonnier. Music by Philippe Rombi. Production Design by Arnaud de Moleron. Costume Design by Pascaline Chavanne. Film Editing by Claudine Bouche, Dominique Petrot. Toronto International Film Festival 1999.
Justice is always hardest to deal with when it comes in the form of a crazy man in the woods. Two high school teenagers (Natacha Régnier, Jérémie Renier) murder a boy, commit armed robbery and then bury the body in the middle of the forest. They get lost on their way back to the car, wandering through the wilderness until they come upon an abandoned house that turns out to be occupied by a hermit who knows their crime and plans to make them endure the cruelty that they’ve doled out. Making a sex pet out of the male half of the couple, the hermit gives these two an experience akin to a really hot interpretation of Deliverance. Francois Ozon never really goes anywhere with the story, but it is sporadically entertaining.