So it seems I'm a little late on this one. I probably should've watched this three years ago when it came out but I don't have a system of prioritizing films...I just seem to delve into different decades without any pattern. A l'interieur is made possible by a new director in the game, Alexandre Bustillo; what a great debut it is, too.
The plot concerns a young pregnant woman who recently lost her husband in a car wreck. Still scarred by the death of her beloved and the trauma of the incident itself, she chooses to live a reclusive lifestyle with her unborn child. Suddenly, a strange woman torments her from a window and eventually gains entry to the house. The events that unfold thereafter are truly horrific.
There have been some great things coming out of France lately and their contributions have seemingly taken the genre by storm. A l'interieur showcases some brutal yet realistic carnage, topped off with a disturbing and deranged conclusion. Some classify this film as one that may have pushed things too far in regards to certain topics...and most importantly, aesthetics. I can see where some may believe in that opinion but I'm far too jaded to classify any film in that category. The real question we should be asking ourselves is this: is it healthy to be able to withstand such brutality without a second glance? I'm of the belief that as long as you have a grip on reality and classify a film like this as "just a movie" then anything is fair game. Unfortunately there are people out there who are unable to bounce back after witnessing something like this.
A l'interieur is definitely not the most controversial film I've seen...it's just a twisted tale that explorers the consequences of our actions, heightened by vicious savagery. I rated this film highly and I plan on making it part of my collection. Fans who don't prefer the blood-and-guts stuff will probably turn this one down. With titles like A l'interieur, the French are becoming more and more relevant in the genre and I hope their creative endeavors rise in popularity.