Director Fabrice du Welz makes an arresting return to the genre with the second opus in his Ardennes trilogy, which began with CALVAIRE. Deeply rooted in the hostile Belgian landscapes of his childhood, this trippy, offbeat serial killer chiller uncovers yet more psychotic characters in a bloody nightmarish odyssey. A quirky take on the real exploits of Martha Beck and Raymond Fernandez (dubbed ‘The Honeymoon Killers’), crazy Internet dating crook Michel meets his murderous match when he hooks up with damaged single mother Gloria who falls hopelessly in love with him despite realising his conman modus operandi. Oscillating between tension-filled gritty drama, mordant Sweeny Todd imagery (complete with song!) and enigmatic shock horror, Lola (VOLVER) Duenas shines as needy Gloria who will stop at nothing to get what she wants and whose all-consuming sexual intensity is frightening even to the demented Michel, an equally stunning turn from CALVAIRE’s Laurent Lucas.
Director: Fabrice du Welz. Cast: Lola Duenas, Laurent Lucas, Anne-Marie Loop, Edit Lemerdy, Helena Noguerra. Belgium/France 2014. 92 mins.