ART/CRIME (2011)

Directed by: Frédérick Maheux
Written by: None
Stars: Nacho Cerdà, Rémy Couture, Joseph Elfassi... read more

Year: 2011
Genrer: Documentary
Run time: 1h 40min
My rating: 3.5 out of 5

In 2009 I read about a make-up artist who was in jail for his artistic ambitions. On the page there was a link to a petition for his release. I was one of several thousand people who signed this list, and a memorandum of understanding that he paid $ 30,000 he was finally released. A trial that cost the taxpayers of Quebec several million dollars needlessly.

Two years ago, I had intended to interview the victim behind this documentary, but later I got the answer that there was already a document of all this process, made by the canadian director Frédérick Maheux, so I realized pretty quickly that all my questions were already answered.

ART/CRIME is a documentary about violence, horror, censorship and legislation on the web. It discusses about violence, fiction and censorship in movies but also in the loosely regulated environment that the Web still represents. The documentary allows many, like movie director Nacho Cerda, Robert Morin and Patrick Senechal to present their thoughts on the matter.

At the beginning of the millennium there flourished a picture on the internet where a girl was strapped in a bed with a large crucifix penetrated through the throat. This image came from Canadian artist and makeup artist Remy Courtis series of collagen that would later become the result of two short films called "Inner Depravity" that he made with his friends. A Web-based multimedia project about a fictional character who murders and documenting his victims.

One person from Germany who didn't understand English reported that famous picture to the French interpole, because he thought it looked so authentic, and the most sad part was that not even the police in Montreal understood any English, so a misunderstanding was discovered resulting in that Remy was arrested in the belief that the fictional serial killer existed for real.

More than this need not be said, a really strong and valuable documentary if you are familiar with the splatter and gore department. Some well-known directors appear along the journey and if you're laid to the morbid nature it also includes the two infamous short films, as well as some other things on the DVD.


Produced by: Frédérick Maheux
Cinematography by: Frédérick Maheux
Editing by: Frédérick Maheux
Special Effects by: none
Music by: ?
Country: Canada
Language: English
Color: Color

Distributor: Funfilm Distribution