directed by Kim Chapiron
France 2006

 

On Christmas Eve, three guys and two girls meet up at the Styxx nightclub and decide to take the party back to the country estate of Eve (Roxane Mesquida of Catherine Breillat's FAT GIRL and SEX IS COMEDY) after an altercation between drunken Bart (Olivier Barthelemy), a bouncer, and a broken bottle. Although Eve and her chateau are elegant, everything else around is decidedly "Deliverance" country, including grinning groundskeeper Joseph (Vincent Cassel in an incredibly hilarious performance) and his very pregnant wife and nympho niece. As the five settle in, they find their partying constantly disrupted by the expected wierdisms, including Joseph's "special" attention to Bart. As midnight approaches, Joseph skulks around and his unseen wife assembles a doll from disparate parts (including a lock of Bart's hair, torn out by niece Jeanne) - "All that's missing is the eyes."

Not as transgressive or brutal as it makes itself out to be, especially when compared to the almost concurrently released CALVAIRE, Capiron's film is still entertaining even if the director seems to run out of ideas at the end. Cassel and the other lesser-known actors all give good performances (Barthelemy makes the sulky and loutish Bart rather endearing actually) and its nice to see an ethnically diverse cast without calling attention to the element (except for some of Cassel's racist remarks). Monica Bellucci also makes a brief cameo.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 1 February 2006 (France)

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DVD Review: Tartan/TLA - Region 1 - NTSC

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Tartan/TLA

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:27:24 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.95 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio French DTS; French Dolby Digital 5.1; French Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles English, Spanish, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Tartan/TLA

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• The Making of Sheitan (23:51)
• Original Trailer
• Tartan Asia Extreme New Releases

DVD Release Date: 26 December 2006
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Comments:

PAL-NTSC conversion with ghosting not helped by the softness of the low-light Super 16mm cinematography. Looks perfectly acceptable on interlaced televisions but hazier on progressive monitors.

The soundtrack is available in 2.0, 5.1 and DTS tracks (little difference between the DTS and 5.1). With a making-of featurette, Tartan's R1 release has more extras than the single-disc R2 French release but there is also a 2-disc steelbook available in France with several extras including (presumably) the R1 featurette.

 - Eric Cotenas

 



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