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Chimeres (2013) Rating:
- Eloise = 8 / 10;
- Raoul = 7.5 / 10;
- IMDb = 5.2 / 10;
- Rotten Tomatoes = 3.6 / 10;
Chimeres (2013) Synopsis:
Following a car accident in Romania, a man is transfused with some contaminated blood that will slowly turn him into a bloodthirsty beast
Chimeres (2013) Review:
Following a car accident in Romania, a man is transfused with some contaminated blood that will slowly turn him into a bloodthirsty beast.
I saw “Chimères” at its premiere at the NIFFF festival in Neuchatel. Since it is a Swiss film in a Swiss festival, no need to say that the level of excitation was high, as were hope and expectation. 82 minutes later…the spectators were won!
Chimères is a great tale of trust, romance, and vampirism. It is also a really dark and beautiful film. With its inventive shots, and a superb work done on the texture and colours, Chimères should surprise classic horror viewers by its arty look. Definitely not the usual brainless slaughtering flick.
As for the story, it brings nothing new and the parallel with other romance/vampire film such as “Thirst” or, to a lesser extent, “Let The Right One In”, is inevitable. Whereas the film stands the comparison in terms of artistic beauty, it falls short when comparing the stories. Indeed, Chimères’ plot fits in a couple of line, and can be a little predictable at times.
But let’s remind us that this a low-budget indie film and that being compared to these two cult horror films is already a remarkable sign a quality. The acting is what gives the film most of its strength. The two main actors delivers a surprisingly great performance for such a low-budget film. Thereee is a good complicity between them which makes their relationship throughout the all film really convincing.
The end is really intense, a breath-taking and heart-breaking moment of romance and wrath that finishes the film on a wonderful note. Only the fight scenes left me a bit wondering by bringing an interesting yet awkward contrast with the arty, and rather slow first half of the movie. Overall, this first film from Swiss director Olivier Beguin is a gem. Amongst the best indie horror recently released, it really deserves to be known worldwide. Go see it if you have a chance!