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MESSE BASSE
(THE LODGER)

by Baptiste Drapeau
2021 | 92 min

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Thriller| France | French (English subtitles)

Cast: Alice Isaaz, Jacqueline Bisset, François-Dominique Blin, Bastien Ughetto

CANADIAN PREMIERE

A TENSE CHAMBER PIECE WITH TWO ACTRESSES AT THE TOP OF THEIR GAME

Julie just started university in Bordeaux. She moves into the house of Elizabeth, an old widow who lends her a room in exchange for her help with daily chores. There’s one condition: acting as if Victor, Elizabeth’s dead husband, was still alive. But soon, Julie starts feeling his presence…and an inescapable and dangerous love triangle begins.

Disturbing content

FESTIVALS:  

  • Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris (2021)

  • Moscow International Film Festival (2021)

  • Chattanooga Film Festival (USA, 2021)

FILM REVIEWS:  

Bisset is absolutely stunning as a woman losing control of a story she has been writing in her own mind for 20 years. As a counterpoint, Izaaz brings Julie to life with a reserved coolness that only starts to warm up as she warms up to Victor.

— Modern Horrors

 

The two central performances are electrifying. Jacqueline Bisset is clearly having a blast as Elizabeth, committing entirely to an aging woman who deeply believes she is speaking to her dead husband. (…)

Alice Isaaz, who is reminiscent of a young Adèle Haenel, is phenomenal as well. She starts the film nervous and mousy, fully committed to her schooling to the point that she seems reluctant to accept the advances of a cute boy at school (Bastien Ughetto). (…)

There are some extraordinarily unsettling images and some thrilling shocks, and by the time all is said and done, I found myself thinking that I would have happily watched another hour of these two women’s supernatural shenanigans. What a ride.

— Chattanooga Film Festival

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