FRONTIER(S) (2007) Reviews and overview

Frontier(s) – aka Frontière(s)  is a 2007 French horror feature film written and directed by Xavier Gens. The movie stars Estelle Lefébure, Samuel Le Bihan and Aurélien Wiik.


An extremist right-wing candidate is elected to the French presidency, sparking riots in Paris. Hoping to escape Paris but needing cash, Alex, Tom, Farid, the pregnant Yasmine, and her brother Sami take advantage of the chaos to pull off a robbery. Sami is shot and the group splits up: Alex and Yasmine take Sami to a hospital, and Tom and Farid take the money to a family-run inn near the border. Innkeepers Gilberte and Klaudia claim their rooms are free and seduce the two men.

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At the hospital, the emergency room staff report Sami’s injury to the police. Sami insists Yasmine run before the police catch her. His dying wish is that Yasmine not have an abortion. Alex and Yasmine flee, phoning their friends for directions to the inn. Tom and Farid give them directions but soon after are brutally attacked by Gilberte, Klaudia, and Goetz. When Tom and Farid try to escape, Goetz runs their car off a cliff.

The injured men wander into a mine shaft, where Tom is quickly recaptured. Farid must fend for himself in the mine with the family’s rejected children. Unaware of the danger, Alex and Yasmine arrive at the inn and are captured by the family…


“It’s TCM-meets-a Fourth Reich. The violence is gruesome and visceral and pretty constant, but it’s an entertaining gorefest that fails to disturb because of the absurdity and silliness of it all… – … Not quite the masterpiece of Aja’s High Tension, not as silly as Sheitan and nowhere nearly as disturbing as Inside.” I Love Celluloid


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