The Sinkholes

Alluring depressions abound in newcomer Antoine Barraud's "The Sinkholes," a French psychodrama in which an actress succumbs to the call of the depths following the disappearance of her hubby, a Lyon professor who specializes in the titular earth openings.

With:
With: Nathalie Boutefeu, Mathieu Amalric, Marta Hoskins, Mario Dragunsky, Antonio Armando, Alvarez Vincent Launay. (French, English, Spanish dialogue)

Alluring depressions abound in newcomer Antoine Barraud’s “The Sinkholes,” a French psychodrama in which an actress succumbs to the call of the depths following the disappearance of her hubby, a Lyon professor who specializes in the titular earth openings. A marketable Mathieu Amalric stars as the spelunking spouse, while Nathalie Boutefeu impresses as the mentally unstable wife who decides to climb into a post-earthquake hole under her bed. But the pic’s subsequent swerve into more surreal territory lacks the psychological finesse to lift the endeavor to a higher plane, suggesting festival limbo rather than arthouse breakout.

Georges (Amalric) and France (Boutefeu) are in a Spanish-speaking tropical country, where Georges will lead an expedition to inspect newly found sinkholes. After several quakes and no news from Georges, France becomes convinced he’s dead, and her mind starts to wander, leading her, via her bedroom, to the Earth’s depths, where her fears physically manifest themselves in the shapes of near-naked men. Earlier old-school thriller/horror touches, including an Anglophone housekeeper (Marta Hoskins) in the Mrs. Danvers mold, work better than the underdeveloped psychosomatic undertow. Camerawork is loose, sound and production design indie-budget impressive.

The Sinkholes

France

Production: A Les Films du Belier production, in association with Papaye, with the participation of France 2. Produced by Justin Taurand. Directed, written by Antoine Barraud.

Crew: Camera (color, HD), Gordon Spooner; editors, Barraud, Fred Piet; music, Sebastian von Roland; production designers, Jean-Charles Duboc, Anne Delepoulle; costume designers, Moira Douget; sound (Dolby Digital), Piet, Gilles Benardeau; casting, Jeremie Santander. Reviewed at Locarno Film Festival (Filmmakers of the Present), Aug. 4, 2012. Running time: 65 MIN.

With: With: Nathalie Boutefeu, Mathieu Amalric, Marta Hoskins, Mario Dragunsky, Antonio Armando, Alvarez Vincent Launay. (French, English, Spanish dialogue)

More Film

  • Get Hard

    Writer Claims 'Get Hard' Ripped Off His 'Prison 101' Idea

    Alluring depressions abound in newcomer Antoine Barraud’s “The Sinkholes,” a French psychodrama in which an actress succumbs to the call of the depths following the disappearance of her hubby, a Lyon professor who specializes in the titular earth openings. A marketable Mathieu Amalric stars as the spelunking spouse, while Nathalie Boutefeu impresses as the mentally […]

  • Charles Rivkin

    CineAsia: Charles Rivkin Looks to Asia as Locomotive for Theatrical Cinema

    Alluring depressions abound in newcomer Antoine Barraud’s “The Sinkholes,” a French psychodrama in which an actress succumbs to the call of the depths following the disappearance of her hubby, a Lyon professor who specializes in the titular earth openings. A marketable Mathieu Amalric stars as the spelunking spouse, while Nathalie Boutefeu impresses as the mentally […]

  • Tax Plan Strikes Fear Among Below

    Hollywood's Below-the-Line Workers Anxious About New Tax Plans

    Alluring depressions abound in newcomer Antoine Barraud’s “The Sinkholes,” a French psychodrama in which an actress succumbs to the call of the depths following the disappearance of her hubby, a Lyon professor who specializes in the titular earth openings. A marketable Mathieu Amalric stars as the spelunking spouse, while Nathalie Boutefeu impresses as the mentally […]

  • Detective Pikachu

    Film News Roundup: Live-Action 'Detective Pikachu' Gets 2019 Release

    Alluring depressions abound in newcomer Antoine Barraud’s “The Sinkholes,” a French psychodrama in which an actress succumbs to the call of the depths following the disappearance of her hubby, a Lyon professor who specializes in the titular earth openings. A marketable Mathieu Amalric stars as the spelunking spouse, while Nathalie Boutefeu impresses as the mentally […]

  • Movie Chain AMC Exploring Investment in

    Movie Chain AMC Exploring Investment in Saudi Arabia

    Alluring depressions abound in newcomer Antoine Barraud’s “The Sinkholes,” a French psychodrama in which an actress succumbs to the call of the depths following the disappearance of her hubby, a Lyon professor who specializes in the titular earth openings. A marketable Mathieu Amalric stars as the spelunking spouse, while Nathalie Boutefeu impresses as the mentally […]

  • SPENCER LOCKE as Melissa Rainier in

    CineAsia: Sony Applies Haptic Technology to 'Insidious: The Last Key' (EXCLUSIVE)

    Alluring depressions abound in newcomer Antoine Barraud’s “The Sinkholes,” a French psychodrama in which an actress succumbs to the call of the depths following the disappearance of her hubby, a Lyon professor who specializes in the titular earth openings. A marketable Mathieu Amalric stars as the spelunking spouse, while Nathalie Boutefeu impresses as the mentally […]

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Rockets to Dominant Social Media Buzz

    Alluring depressions abound in newcomer Antoine Barraud’s “The Sinkholes,” a French psychodrama in which an actress succumbs to the call of the depths following the disappearance of her hubby, a Lyon professor who specializes in the titular earth openings. A marketable Mathieu Amalric stars as the spelunking spouse, while Nathalie Boutefeu impresses as the mentally […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content