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Body  To Body

Body To Body

cast: Emmanuelle Seigner, Philippe Torreton

year: 2003

colour: yes

certificate: 15

director: François Hanss

runtime: 98

thriler "A stripper is stripped of far more than her clothes in this baroque suspense drama with a diabolical core. The improbable yet intriguing proceedings draw on undying love and medical science, with an endearing child and a cute dog thrown in for good measure. A first feature by the closely-knit tandem of director François Hanss and writer Arthur-Emmanuel Pierre scores a distinctive debut. Laura (Emmanuelle Seigner) is deaf and at the beginning in a voiceover we are being made privy to a long letter she's written to alert her best friend, Doris (Vittoria Scognamiglio) of her predicament. Laura performed for three years at a cavernous strip club when Marco (Philippe Torreton), a rich landscape architect, abruptly entreated her to move with him to Lyon to start a new life of domestic bliss. She has a car accident, and wakes up months later to find Marco by her bedside. They fall in love, have a son and live in an idyllic mansion. However, what seems to be a mild behavioural problem with her son turns out to be far more sinister. Marco's first wife and child are in a coma, and Laura and her child have unwittingly become spare parts for him to construct his original family back together. The film was awarded the international critics’ prize at the Cognac Festival of Thrillers earlier this year." (Cine-Lumière/Institut Français)


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