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Rutabaga

France 2018
produced by
Julien Botzanowski, Alexandre Laugier, Grégory Raba for Métrages FM, SOUTHfilms
directed by Julien Botzanowski
starring Julien Botzanowski, Capucine Lamarque, Serge Barbagallo, Anouchka Csernakova, Renaud Wallon, Lorella Marques
written by Julien Botzanowski, music by Scott Von Teufel

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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After a nasty breakup with his girlfriend (Lorella Marques), a trip to the country to write about a bead and breakfast that's about to open in the middle of nowhere seems like just what the doctor has ordered for Adrien (Julien Botzanowski). However, Adrien seems not too welcome from early on, as the lady of the house Agathe (Anouchka Csernakova) is a bit on the strict side, the owner Pierre (Serge Barbagallo) is a bit too detached, only the maid Hélène (Capucine Lamarque) seems nice, but also always a bit bewildered - which is no big surprise even as the place is a bit on the spooky side: Things disappear, electronic equipment only rarely works properly, and there's a sense of gloom over the place. And eventually, after a night of drinking together with Adrien, Hélène just disappears disappears, and when Adrien goes looking for her, he's attacked by Pierre and Agathe, overcome, tied up - and he learns their horrible secret, and how he and Hélène are going to become part of it ...

 

True, the first two acts of Rutabaga are rather slow-moving, but in being so manage to build a proper atmosphere of dread and unease, without giving the audience much of a clue as to where the film is headed while leaving one guessing throughout. And as a result, the finale really packs a punch, bringing the film to a proper solution without explaining much of anything away and creeping the viewer out in the process. In other words, a well-structured and executed film that avoids bluntness for maximum effect - and of course, a solid cast only helps to bring this across. Pretty cool genre entertainment, actually.

 

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