THE ADVENT CALENDAR (2021) Reviews and Shudder release news

 

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The Advent Calendar is a 2021 horror film about a young woman that is given the titular antique and discovers not all surprises are good.

Written and directed by Patrick Ridremont (Dead Man Talking). Produced by Alain Benguigui, Virginie Ogouz, Jean-Yves Roubin and Cassandre Warnauts.

The Belgian-French Sombrero Films production stars Eugénie Derouand, Honorine Magnier, Clément Olivieri, Janis Abrikh, Cyril Garnier and Vladimir Perrin.

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Plot:

Eva (Eugénie Derouand), an ex-dancer, is now using a wheelchair, unable to walk. When her friend Sophie (Honorine Magnier) gives her an old wooden antique advent calendar before Christmas, she realises each window contains a surprise that triggers repercussions in real life.

Some of the surprises are good, but most of them are bad, really bad. Now Eva will have to choose between getting rid of the calendar or walking again – even if it causes death and destruction to everyone she holds dear around her…

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Reviews:

“This is a horror/thriller that takes its time establishing the stakes and the status quo so that when the nastiness kicks in, it hits you that much harder. The death of a dog and torn-open nails are especially difficult to watch. Eva’s character is sketched with bold colors, and forced to make several impossible choices. Her final decision as she nears the end of the calendar was surprising and original.” Josh at the Movies

“Patrick Ridremont follows such standardised genre offerings as Wish Upon and the Ouija films – but has a much more intricate, ornate and satisfying plot (also, a splendid and enviable central prop) […] Derouand is terrific in the central role, and Ridremont tells the tale with an unfussy charm and elegance that makes this an unusual Christmas horror film…” The Kim Newman Web Site

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” …this is a stylish, increasingly dreamy and disorienting portrait of a woman in crisis, caught between hopes and fears about a future cruelly severed from the past – until it seems that the best, perhaps the only, way for her to move on is to become like her demented father (Jean-François Garreaud), rooted forever to a chair and simply forgetting what she once cherished.” Projected Figures

“Writer/director Patrick Ridremont has crafted a stunning-looking film that is dripping in atmosphere. The ornate advent calendar is a great plot device that is both anxiety-producing and beautiful. There are people who Eva meets that deserve everything they get.” Starburst

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Release:

The film had its world premiere at Frightfest in London in August 2021.

The Advent Calendar will be available for streaming on Shudder on December 9, 2021.

Cast and characters (in credits order):

Eugénie Derouand … Eva
Honorine Magnier … Sophie
Clément Olivieri … William
Janis Abrikh … Antoine
Cyril Garnier … Boris
Vladimir Perrin … Thomas
Fabien Jegoudez … Le Pantin
Jérôme Paquatte … John
Laura Presgurvic … Myriam
Isabelle Tanakil … Agnès
Jean-François Garreaud … Le Père d’Eva
Olivier Bonjour … Aloïs Hoffman
Sabrina Lopez Leonard … (uncredited)

Technical details:

104 minutes
Aspect ratio: 2.35: 1

Original title:

Le calendrier

Trailer:

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