by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
FRANCE-JAPAN- BELGIUM/ 2016 / HD / COLOR/FRENCH
Photo: @Carole Bethuel pour FILM-IN-EVOLUTION / LES PRODUCTIONS BALTHAZAR
Jean (Tahar Rahim), a young Parisian with few skills and even fewer prospects, seems an unlikely candidate for assistant to famed photographer Stéphane (Olivier Gourmet), an obsessive perfectionist living in isolation since his wife’s unexpected death. Yet he soon finds himself in his new employer’s vast, decaying mansion, helping to create life-sized daguerreotypes so vivid they seem almost to contain some portion of their subjects’ souls.
Their model is most often Stéphane’s daughter and muse, Marie (Constance Rousseau), and as she and Jean fall in love they realize they must hatch a plot to leave Stéphane’s haunted world forever. But is there something malevolent within the massive daguerreotypes that will prevent their escape? From acclaimed Japanese master Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Cure, Pulse), comes Daguerreotype, a classic ghost story bent through the lens of one of the most singular horror visionaries at work today.