Dernière séance

  • 81'
  • France
  • 2011
With his pale face, penetrating gaze and inscrutable expression, which is both sad and scary, he could have walked straight out of one of the old classics of the silver screen. Sylvain is the cinephile operator of a small neighbourhood cinema. French Cancan (1954) by Jean Renoir is one of his favourites. But his love for film also has a darker side. At night, he turns into a chilling murderer who preys on women who wear earrings. We are worried sick about the young actress who is about to make her debut in the play Phèdre by Jean Racine and innocently falls in love with Sylvain.
Laurent Achard, who was given a Tiger Award in 1999 for Plus qu'hier, moins que demain, brings an ode to cinema with Last Screening (Dernière séance) in the form of a modest yet no less exciting and nerve-wracking horror film. He supplely adapts genre conventions - for instance, there is a complete absence of thriller music, so the icy screams are even more devastating.


Director
Laurent Achard
Country of production
France
Production Year
2011
Festival Edition
IFFR 2012
Length
81'
Medium
DCP
International title
Last Screening
Language
French
Producer
Sylvie Pialat
Production Company
Les Films du Worso
Sales
Les Films du Losange
Screenplay
Frédérique Moreau, Laurent Achard
Cinematography
Sabine Lancelin
Editor
Jean-Christophe Hym
Production Design
Frédéric, Frédérique Lapierre
Sound Design
Mikaël Barre, Xavier Griette
Cast
Noël Simsolo, Pascal Cervo