Genre: Drama / Horror
Director: Pascal Laugier
Starring: Morjana Alaoui, Mylène Jampanoï
France, early 70s. Lucy, 10, is found wandering on the road after being missing for a few months. Although abused, her body bears no trace of sexual assault. The reasons for her abduction remain unknown. Traumatized and mute, she is placed in a hospital where she becomes friends with Anna, a girl of her age. 15 years later. Convinced that she has located her tormentors, Lucy goes to their house to confront them...
Pascal Laugier's "Martyrs" is a masterpiece of extremity. Hands down the most disturbing film I have seen in a very long time. Extreme and unrelenting in its brutality, this film is at times very uncomfortable to watch even for a seasoned horror connoisseur. However, despite all the shocking violence and gore, the film's message was powerful and thought provoking. What starts off as a straight forward revenge slasher, becomes in the second act a truly original and genre breaking film.