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Pascal Plante’s Icily Effective Psycho-Thriller – The Hollywood Reporter

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A central character in Pascal Plante’s disturbing thriller is a mousy-looking man, the type of nameless determine you wouldn’t give a re-evaluation, on trial for the brutal murders of three teenage women, which he broadcast reside on the darkish internet. And he’s not even the scariest particular person onscreen in Pink Rooms (Les Chambres rouges).

That will be Kelly-Anne, performed to chillingly icy perfection by Juliette Gariépy. For causes by no means defined within the movie — showcased on the Karlovy Range Worldwide Movie Pageant — profitable trend mannequin Kelly-Anne has change into obsessive about Ludovic Chevalier (Maxwell McCabe-Lokos, personifying the banality of evil), whose case is being heard in a Montreal courtroom.

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Venue: Karlovy Range Worldwide Movie Pageant (Crystal Globe Competitors)
Forged: Juliette Gariépy, Laurie Babin, Elisabeth Locas, Natalie Tannous, Pierre Chagnon, Man Thauvette, Maxwell McCabe-Lokos
Director-screenwriter: Pascal Plante


1 hour 58 minutes

Though the killer is masked in two of the snuff movies (the third has gone unfound), there’s a preponderance of proof in opposition to Chevalier, who sits alone in a sales space like a modern-day Adolf Eichmann. He’s all of the extra terrifying for his emotionless demeanor, wanting as if he’s vaguely bored by the proceedings.

Kelly-Anne exhibits up on the courtroom daily, presumably in assist of Chevalier, dubbed by the media the “Demon of Rosemont,” though the mannequin by no means expresses her emotions come what may to anybody.

That’s in sharp distinction to her fellow serial killer groupie, the teenage Clementine (Laurie Babin), who insists on Chevalier’s innocence and loudly proclaims her indignation over his being railroaded to anybody who’ll hear. Because the trial progresses with its horribly graphic content material, a sufferer’s mom declares her disgust to Chevalier’s unlikely supporters: “You’re spitting on our daughter’s grave.”

United by their shared curiosity, the 2 girls kind a bond. Kelly-Anne invitations the clearly homeless Clementine to crash at her place, a sterile condo in a contemporary high-rise constructing that includes terrific views and the fixed sound of whistling wind. Kelly-Anne reveals herself to be a technological whiz, her life managed by a custom-designed A.I. named “Guinevere,” which responds to each voice command, even telling not-so-bad jokes when requested.

Though critically misguided in her convictions, the immature Clementine not less than exhibits indicators of humanity, breaking down in hysterics after she calls right into a tabloid tv discuss present and is swiftly humiliated by the host. Kelly-Anne, then again, is as dispassionate as her A.I. assistant, solely revealing her inside strife when she pushes herself to the purpose of exhaustion in a exercise. It’s a top quality that serves her effectively in her career, through which she comes throughout like a stunning clean model. The identical goes for her facet gig enjoying on-line poker, the place her absence of emotion makes her a constant winner.

Tapping into the weird pattern of girls changing into enamored with serial killers that has solely grown extra prevalent in trendy instances, the movie retains us guessing the place the story goes —  each by way of the symbiotic relationship between the 2 girls and the way far Kelly-Anne will go in pursuing her obsession, even at the price of shedding her profession.

The reply is finally revealed in a disquieting courtroom scene when she makes a dramatic gesture and is rewarded by Chevalier displaying curiosity for the primary time. It’s at that time that the story goes in one other fascinating course fully.

French Canadian writer-director Plante — whose final characteristic, Nadia, Butterfly, was a 2020 Cannes choice — demonstrates highly effective stylistic management over his provocative materials, from the elegantly chilly visuals and ominous sound results (that whistling wind appears as if it’s echoing via Kelly-Anne’s hole soul) to Dominique Plante’s eerie rating, which feels like a Bach fugue having a breakdown.

Much more spectacular are the lead performances. Babin is heartbreaking because the confused Clementine, who responds to Kelly-Anne’s kindness just like the unsure youngster she actually is, making her character in some way sympathetic even at her most strident. And Gariépy, masterful in her emotional and bodily exactness, is a revelation because the enigmatic Kelly-Anne, whose stringent management over herself and her surroundings masks a sick compulsion whose origins we are able to solely guess at.

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Venue: Karlovy Range Worldwide Movie Pageant (Crystal Globe Competitors)
Manufacturing firm: Nemesis Movies
Forged: Juliette Gariépy, Laurie Babin, Elisabeth Locas, Natalie Tannous, Pierre Chagnon, Man Thauvette, Maxwell McCabe-Lokos
Director-screenwriter: Pascal Plante
Producer: Dominique Dussault
Govt producer: Tim Ringuette
Director of pictures: Vincent Biron
Manufacturing designer: Laura Nhem
Costume designer: Renee Sawtell
Music: Dominique Plante
Editor: Jonah Malak

1 hour 58 minutes



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