LE SECRET DE LA CHAMBRE NOIRE
FRANCE, BELGIUM • DRAMA, HORROR, FANTASY • 132 MINS • 2016 • M
Directed by: KIYOSHI KUROSAWA
Starring: Tahar Rahim, Mathieu Amalric, Olivier Gourmet, Constance Rousseau
With this film, acclaimed Japanese master of fear Kiyoshi Kurosawa has created an engaging and gorgeously atmospheric ghost story, resurrecting a long-lost art form in a way that will both haunt and linger.
A Gothic tale resplendent with intrigue, Daguerrotype invites us to delve into the world of Jean (Rahim, Les Anarchistes, AF FFF16), a young unskilled Parisian who lands an unlikely position working as the assistant to famed obsessive photographer Stéphane (Gourmet). Within the isolated confines of a vast, decaying mansion, Jean helps him to create vivid, life-sized daguerreotypes – one of the oldest forms of still photography which captures images on a silver plate. Most often, these are taken of Stéphane’s daughter and muse, Marie (an impeccable Constance Rousseau), who longs to escape the pervasive gloom of her father’s house, and sees Jean as the way to break free.
Kurosawa effortlessly moves beyond his native Japan for the first time with this French-language offering that is as alluring as it is fascinating. As an intricate pattern of desire and ambition develops, the audience will be hypnotised by the chilling climax of this beguiling film.
French with English subtitles