Hélène Cattet (2009)

18 Certificate


Our Score
Aficionados of 1970s giallo may get a thrill from this art house homage to the Euro-slasher genre. The debut feature of director duo Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani gushes with the baroque style of Italian masters Mario Bava and Dario Argento as they tease out a psychedelic fever dream depicting three snapshots in the life of one tormented young woman. This involves being chased around a mansion when she's a girl by a loopy lady in a veil and a crusty old cadaver, experiencing a sensual adolescent encounter with a biker gang, and, finally, having a cutting confrontation with a leather-gloved killer on her return to the family home as an adult. Dialogue is sparse but cinematic flourish is everywhere - whip-cracking sound, flamboyant cinematography, superslick editing. It maybe too avant-garde and surreal for horror fans who like a little more meat on the bone when it comes to story and gore, but you can't knock Cattet and Forzani's undoubted passion for the giallo genre.


A woman experiences a series of events that change her life for ever. As a child, she is confronted with the death of her grandfather, in her teens she discovers the power of her own sexuality and as an adult she returns to her childhood home and faces her past fears. Drama, starring Cassandra Foret, Charlotte Eugene Guibbaud and Marie Bos. In French.

Cast & Crew

Director Hélène Cattet
Director Bruno Forzani

Other Information

Language: French +subtitlesColourGuidance: Violence, sex scenes, nudityAvailable on: DVD