This week my "Take Three" column (every Sunday, three write-ups on three performances in a supporting/character actor's career) over at The Film Experience features Cécile De France in Haute tension, Hereafter and The Kid with a Bike.
Take One: Haute tension/Switchblade Romance (2004) De France brings an entirely new meaning to the term ‘Final Girl’ in Alexandre Aja’s Haute tension (or, to give it its more exploitation-happy title, Switchblade Romance).
Spoiler Alert: Although we see Philippe Nahon doing the relentless
butchering throughout the film, it emerges toward the end that he’s
merely a projection of De France’s Marie’s imagination; he’s the product
of pent-up sexual urge in Marie to create a marauding male monster in
her mind. It all gets very muddy before becoming incredibly bloody...
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