While retaining his trademark control of mood, Japanese horror master Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Pulse) deftly switches gears in this atmospheric contemporary ghost story, his first film made outside of Japan, and in another language.
Down-on-his-luck Parisian Jean (A Prophet's excellent Tahar Rahim) scores a job as assistant to touchy, reclusive photographer Stéphane (Olivier Gourmet), who lives and works in a crumbling old mansion on the outskirts of Paris. Thanks to his fashion photography, Stéphane is well off, but his real obsession is with the 19th-century photographic process that gives the film its title-he repeatedly photographs his beautiful daughter, Marie (Constance Rousseau), forcing her to stay still for hours at a time. In short order, Jean and Marie fall in love and plot to scam the increasingly disturbed Stéphane-who has begun to see the ghost of his dead wife in the mansion-and escape for brighter climes. Needless to say, things don't go as planned...
"Beautifully made... The refined and feather-light haunting quality of Kurosawa's best ghost movies is certainly present here..." Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter
|Original Language Title:||Le Secret de la chambre noire|
|Running Time:||131 minutes|
|Premiere Status:||U.S. Premiere|
|Producers:||Jérôme Dopffer, Michiko Yoshitake|
|Principal Cast:||Tahar Rahim, Constance Rousseau, Olivier Gourmet, Mathieu Amalric, Malik Zidi|
|Screenwriter:||Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Eléonore Mahmoudian|