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High Tension (Haute Tension)

Rated R for strong graphic violence.

R In Theaters 06/10/2005 , 85min.
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Plot & Details

French filmmaker Alexandre Aja writes and directs the slasher film Haute Tension, given the English title Switchblade Romance. Best friends Marie (Cécile De France) and Alex (Maïwenn Le Besco) go out to the countryside to visit Alex's parents. However, a homicidal delivery man (played by Philippe Nahon from Gaspar Noé's brutal movies) ends up at their house and starts killing everyone. Alex and Marie fight for their lives with help from several means of weaponry. Switchblade Romance was shown at the 2003 Toronto Film Festival as part of the Midnight program. The film was aquired by US distributor Lions Gate Films in 2004 and quickly put into turnaround as an NC-17 release, though plans for that were scrapped due to a lack of theater support of the controversial rating. Retitled High Tension, the R-rated version is missing one minute of grisly gore and features a redubbed audio track by star Cécile De France.

Awards

Toronto International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 Toronto International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

Sundance Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2004 Sundance Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

Toronto International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 Toronto International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

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