Malefique (2002) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

Malefique (2002)

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  • Release Date:  2002
  • Genre:  Witches & Occult
  • Director:  Eric Valette
  • Screenwriter:  Alexandre Charlot; Franck Magnier; François Cognard
  • Cast & Crew:  Clovis Cornillac, Dimitri Rataud, Didier Bénureau, Félicia Massoni, Geoffrey Carey, Paul-Alexandre Bardela, Boris Lutz, Nelson Jourdan, César Castagné, Favali, Yves Arnault, Benjamin Haddad, Thierry Cazal, and Olivier Bouana.

Malefique (2002) Rating:

  • Eloise = 8 / 10;
  • Raoul = 9 / 10;
  • IMDB =6.4/10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 6.7/10.

Malefique (2002) Synopsis:

In a prison cell, four prisoners accidentally discover a mysterious book in a hole in the wall. The book happens to be magical and will trigger a series of strange events.

Malefique (2002) Review:

Malefique is another of these exquisitely surprising French movies, which is seriously becoming one of my favorite cinema. The film is almost entirely set in one prison cell, and with a very limited number of actors. The atmosphere is therefore very dark and very oppressive, reminding of movies such as “The Cube”. As a direct effect, the viewer finds himself totally immersed into the prison ambiance, making you feel like you are the 5thprisoner of the cell. The profiles of the four other prisoners in the cell are eventually the best point of this film. Knowing nothing from them at first, you get to learns, little by little, their history and their madness. They all are very unique, with very complex and twisted personalities.

The mystery throughout all film is very thick. The book that they find is absolutely intriguing and only very slowly reveals it’s true nature and its real power. The movie has a huge part of fantastic/sci-fi that really is enjoyable, which contrasts a lot with the dark atmosphere of the prison. All this blended together to flesh out an already captivating story

Aside from all this, the acting is great, the camera shot really clever, the story innovative and the end worthy of the best sci-fi/fantastic movie. Maléfique is an unknown gem that deserves to be better-known.

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