Pete’s Peek | French thriller Black Heaven is a dangerously seductive film noir for the internet generation

From Who Killed Bambi? director Gilles Marchand comes a stylish, engrossing thriller that certainly had me glued to its twisty end.

While vacationing in the south of France, young lovers Gaspard and Marion turn curious snoops when they find a lost mobile. Following its owner and a beautiful blonde into a forest, they are shocked to find the couple trying to commit suicide. The woman is saved, while her companion dies at the scene.

Fascinated by the woman he saved, Gaspard steals a camcorder and secretly views it at home, where he discovers she was heavily into a role-playing video game called Black Hole, that takes place in a fetish nightclub.

When he laters encounters the woman (Audrey) at a drug dealer’s hangout (who just happens to be Audrey’s brother Vincent), Gaspard’s fascination turns to obsession. He then dumps Marion and decides to seek out Audrey inside the game. But what he finds there becomes something very deadly indeed.

Louise Bourgoin (The Extraordinary Adventures Of Adele Blanc-Sec) is absolutely stunning as the seductive femme fatale, while Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet possesses great sex appeal and an air of innocence that really draws you into his dark journey. And while I really felt for poor Marion (Pauline Etienne), who gets left out in the cold, I was fascinated by Vincent (Melvil Poupaud), who you just don’t know whether to trust or not.

The gorgeous scenery of the real life action (it’s all shot around Marseille) is a stark contrast to the CGI world, but it all seems to work. It’s as though Hitchcock’s Vertigo has been fused with the dark eroticism of a David Lynch movie, with a dash of Tron-like techno touches stirred in to produce a heady seductive brew. Sinister, intelligent, suspenseful and sexy. You won’t be disappointed.

Released through Arrow Films on 5 September

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