An intense and riveting drama about three sisters who share a connection to a violent childhood incident, who reunite to come to terms with their past.


From its extraordinary opening titles sequence to its disquieting conclusion, L'Enfer grapples with issues of destiny and coincidence.

The film provides no easy answers, instead we are invited to contemplate complex existential questions by observing the circumstances of three Parisian sisters.
gently unravels the lives of three siblings who inhabit their own private hell.

The eldest, Sophie (Emmanuelle Béart) exists in a state of jealous torment; married to the unfaithful Pierre (Jacques Gamblin) who no longer desires her.

The youngest, Anne (Marie Gillain), turns stalker out of desperation. A married Professor, Frédéric (Jacques Perrin) with whom she is having an affair has ditched her.

And the middle sister Céline (Karin Viard), who alone attends to their invalid mother (Carole Bouquet), is despairingly lonely.

The sisters feel little need to reunite until a stranger Sébastien (Guillaume Canet), confesses a secret that unlocks childhood memories and leads to a confrontation with their mute mother.

Like Tanovic's first feature No Man's Land, L'Enfer takes on allegorical proportions. The film is elevated beyond mere plot to larger metaphysical questions.
By referencing Greek tragedy, Euripides' Medea (who slaughtered her children to punish her husband) and even the use of nature documentary footage in its opening sequence, L'Enfer raises itself beyond the sum of its parts. (Reviewed by: Tinzar Lwyn)