Le Manoir ("The Mansion")
- 96 mins
- English (subtitles)
When friends decide to get together and celebrate the New Year in a remote mansion, they plan on making it a memorable occasion, even if it means being cut off from the outside world. The festive mood turns sour soon enough when one of them disappears. It rapidly descends into a nightmare when their search for him leads to this discovery of Djamal’s corpse hanging by his penis. Trapped in the middle of nowhere, they’ll have to learn how to work together if they want to survive the night.
Tony T. Datis is very well known in music-video circles, with notable collaborations including Skrillex (“Bangarang”) and Katy Perry (“Wide Awake”). For his jump to the big screen, he gives us the horror-comedy LE MANOIR, a well crafted and finely calibrated film. While Datis manages to create an effectively gloomy atmosphere befitting the macabre aspect of the film’s horror component, the characters’ comedic chemistry is also extremely efficient. The speed and precision with which the jokes are delivered keeps the audience on its toes throughout, a feat resulting from the director’s risky decision to recruit YouTubers for the cast, including Kemar, Natoo, Ludovik and Mister V., imbuing a breath of fresh of air into this French comedy. Datis’s transition into feature filmmaking is a definite success. LE MANOIR is a dark comedy that isn’t afraid of opening up incendiary floodgates, and is sure to leave no viewer indifferent. Come discover the immense talents of these web-based stars, who are fast on their way to conquering the big screen.
- translated by Guillaume Desbiens