- Elf 2017
SorgoÔ Prakov, My European Dream
Descent Into Darkness: My European Nightmare
Simon-Pierre Boireau (executive), RafaŽl Cherkaski (executive), Ernest de Wilde (executive), Jean-Pierre Voillot (executive)
directed by RafaŽl Cherkaski
starring RafaŽl Cherkaski, Roland David, Charles Dhumerelle, Simon-Pierre Boireau, Elodie Bouleau, Omar Salim, Denis Larzilière, LoÔc Lefebvre, Mohamed Mehleg, David Rudier, Fabien Guez, Majid Daoud, Corentin Koskas, Xavier Kerf, Philippe Pasquini
written by RafaŽl Cherkaski
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Sorgoi (Rafael Cherkaski) has big plans, he wants to travel the major
cities of Europe to film a documentary for TV back in the small Eastern
European country he's from, and he wants to find the "European
Dream" - something he deems similar to the American Dream. Paris is
his first stop, and at first, everything's great, everyone's nice, he's
invited to parties ... and tends to drink a bit too much, which is why he
loses his credit card. Then he gets beaten up and his camera's broken.
Spending all his money on a new camera, he can't afford to stay at his
hotel anymore, and first stays with a friend (Charles Dhumerelle), and
when that friendship goes South he sleeps by the river, making friends
with a bum (Roland David), who's nice enough to give Sorgoi a knife to
"defend himself" - but Sorgoi soon finds other uses for the
knife and things end being pretty ...
Ok, I'll admit freely the
first act of Descent Into Darkness is less promising, as it looks
and feels like a found footage low budget version of Borat, what
with the slightly obnoxious guy from the East trying and failing to make
perfect sense of Western culture - thing is, this film changes for the
(better) after it's properly set up and once one starts to sympathize with
the poor guy who wanders the streets of Paris rather cluelessly and seems
to stumble from one misfortune into the next. And once his video shows
plotholes (like how did he sneak out of his hotel room once the money ran
out, or how did he and his friend part ways with the friend leaving him
with a wad of money) things get interesting - and from here on, Descent
Into Darkness doesn't disappoint one bit and gets more insane and
explicitely violent pretty much by the minute, to culminate in a really
Watch at your own risk - but if you like slightly
bizarre horror, you'll probably love this!