Screened as part of NZIFF 2007

Them 2006


Directed by David Moreau, Xavier Palud

A couple living on a Romanian country estate are terrorised by intruders for one long, extremely horrifying night. Unrelenting DV-lensed jugular-grabber that will frighten the bejeebers out of you.

France In French and Romanian with English subtitles
77 minutes 35mm

Directors, Screenplay


Axel Cosnefroy


Nicolas Sarkissian


Rene-Marc Bini


Olivia Bonamy
Michaël Cohen


SXSW 2007


Writer/directors David Moreau and Xavier Palud's unrelenting DV-lensed jugular-grabber has only one thing in mind: to frighten the bejeebers out of you. Trimmed of narrative blubber to bare-boned perfection, Them features Olivia Bonamy and Michaël Cohen as Clémentine and Lucas, a couple living peacefully in their beautiful Romanian countryside estate. With minimal dialogue and exposition, these actors totally command our sympathy as they are terrorised by faceless intruders for one long, extremely horrifying night. If you feel that recent Stateside horrors haven't quite managed to make your heart race with fear, Them should remedy that problem. Joining High Tension and Sheitan as stunning examples of contemporary Gallic horror, it's as visceral and nerve-jangling as thrillers get, with atmospheric forest-shrouded locations, purposefully disorientating camerawork, bone-chilling sound design and a twist ending that'll send shivers down your spine with its startling, terrible possibility. Oh, it's also inspired by true events. Sleep well.