The 9th Life of Louis Drax

The 9th Life of Louis Drax

Alexandre Aja (2015)

103min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Adapted from Liz Jensen's much-admired novel, this unusual drama sees the eponymous master Drax spending much of the film in a coma after falling off a cliff. With specialist medic Jamie Dornan and concerned mum Sarah Gadon at his hospital bedside, flashbacks take us through the boy's accident-prone life and somewhat turbulent backstory. Canadian youngster Aiden Longworth is a bright and engaging presence in the central role and Aaron Paul (of TV's Breaking Bad) is vividly effective as his errant father, which helps to carry you through an initially slow-building plot. There is lots to take on board before the sinister, slightly surreal whodunnit narrative really gets going and then it's delivered with hallucinatory intensity by director and horror specialist Alexandre Aja (Switchblade Romance, Mirrors). He milks the San Francisco setting for all it's worth with references to Hitchcock's Vertigo. It is an unlikely, but ultimately absorbing tale, strongly performed, and with a genuine emotional undertow, not least because it sees screenwriter Max Minghella bring to fruition a project begun in 2004 by his late father Anthony.

Cast & Crew

Dr Allan Pascal Jamie Dornan
Natalie Drax Sarah Gadon
Louis Drax Aiden Longworth
Peter Drax Aaron Paul
Detective Dalton Molly Parker
Dr Perez Oliver Platt
Dr Janek Julian Wadham
Violet Drax Barbara Hershey
Director Alexandre Aja
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: SodaGuidance: Swearing.Available on: DVDReleased on: 2 Sep 2016