L' Enfer

L' Enfer

L' Enfer

Bosnian Danis Tanovic (No Man’s Land) directs a formidable array of French talent in this tale of three Parisian sisters whose lives have been determined in different ways by the devastating antagonism between their parents. Working from a script created for the late Krzysztof Kieslowski by his Red, White, Blue collaborator Krzysztof Piesiewicz, Tanovic has created an elegantly burnished baroque drama of a family trapped in unresolved trauma

2006Rating: M, contains nudityFrance, Italy, Belgium, JapanIn French with English subtitles
Drama

Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

For a movie with such a fiery title, "Hell" is a decidedly cold, protracted work marked by solid, but passionless performances and a preference for polished, fashion-magazine imagery...

Total Film

Total Film

press

There are plenty of visual flourishes in the baroque storytelling, but the film lacks both the emotional intensity and mysteriousness of Kieslowski's best work...

4.0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

An old-fashioned film in the best sense of that phrase, this solid family melodrama is so carefully and deliberately constructed as to feel slightly contrived, but it retains an elemental tragic power, thanks to a quartet of wonderful performances from a roll-call of great modern French stars...

4.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Danis Tanovic's Oscar-winning "No Man's Land" demonstrated a fondness for allegory and his second feature, "L'Enfer" ("Hell"), draws upon Greek mythology, Euripides' "Medea" and the interplay of destiny and coincidence. But for all its literary references, the thing certainly looks like a shallow though slick French melodrama...

BBC

BBC

press

Despite the efforts of a fine cast, the finished film feels overly determined and insufficiently mysterious...

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

For a movie with such a fiery title, "Hell" is a decidedly cold, protracted work marked by solid, but passionless performances and a preference for polished, fashion-magazine imagery...

Total Film

Total Film

press

There are plenty of visual flourishes in the baroque storytelling, but the film lacks both the emotional intensity and mysteriousness of Kieslowski's best work...

4.0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

An old-fashioned film in the best sense of that phrase, this solid family melodrama is so carefully and deliberately constructed as to feel slightly contrived, but it retains an elemental tragic power, thanks to a quartet of wonderful performances from a roll-call of great modern French stars...

4.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Danis Tanovic's Oscar-winning "No Man's Land" demonstrated a fondness for allegory and his second feature, "L'Enfer" ("Hell"), draws upon Greek mythology, Euripides' "Medea" and the interplay of destiny and coincidence. But for all its literary references, the thing certainly looks like a shallow though slick French melodrama...

BBC

BBC

press

Despite the efforts of a fine cast, the finished film feels overly determined and insufficiently mysterious...

3.0

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