The Fear :- Watch The Fear on Youtube on Fire, From classics including Abel Gance’s J’accuse, Renoir’s La Grande Illusion and Raymond Bernard’s Wooden Crosses to more recent films such as A Very Long Engagement, Merry Christmas and La France, the number of French films about the Great War is almost as big as those set during WWII. Damien Odoul’s La Peur is the latest in a long line of films that sees a filmmaker take his cameras into the trenches to capture the brutal loss of lives and innocence of France’s brave young men at the start of the 20th century. Though loosely based on the acclaimed Fear: A Novel of World War I by the late novelist and actual WWI veteran Gabriel Chevallier, the most frightening thing about this film is how unemotional and detached the whole enterprise remains, despite some visually impressive shots. In and out of cinemas in a flash in France this summer, despite winning the prestigious Prix Jean Vigo for “independence of spirit,” this won’t fare much better when it’ll have its international premiere at Toronto in the World Cinema section. Odoul’s films (The Story of Richard O., Errance) tend to have some visual panache and La Peur is no exception, as seen in the impressive opening sequence, in which a pacifist is brutally beaten by a group of nationalists ready for war in early 1914. They are singing the Marseillaise, of course, though the footage is in slowmotion, creating an intriguing disconnect between the images and the sound that further underlines the paradox of a pacifist being beaten for his convictions.
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Release: 12 August 2015 (France)
IMDB Rating : 7.5/10
Director: Damien Odoul
Stars : Nino Rocher, Pierre Martial Gaillard, Théo Chazal