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80

The A.V. Club

By Scott Tobias
Posed somewhere between a fairy tale and harsh reality, the film pulls off a daring feat by turning Blancan into an almost abstract monster as a way of getting into the deeply unhealthy situation that created him.
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75

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
A crushingly dark vision of male rage and female vulnerability, Hélène Angel's accomplished first feature hits you like an anvil -- after it's all over.
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70

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
French director Helene Angel's dark but deftly handled fable about familial violence has a terrifying, fairy-tale atmosphere that's in perfect keeping with its unique point of view.
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70

Village Voice

By Leslie Camhi
The storyline sometimes veers into melodrama; a subplot concerning Alex's involvement in the white-slave trade is particularly lurid. But the director retains a light touch in the character of Aurelie, whose combination of innocence and knowing is magical.
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70

Variety

By David Rooney
Tough, cogent and resonantly chilling, this slow-burning drama continues the vein of harsh realism seen in recent Gallic cinema including "La Vie de Jesus" and "More Than Yesterday."
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50

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
In the end there's more nasty behavior than constructive insight.
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50

The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
Although it leaves you with a knot in your stomach, its power is undercut by its own head-banging obviousness.
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64 out of 100
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