Le Seuil Du Vide (1972)

Threshold of the Void is all about an artist named Wanda Leibovitz who comes to Paris to escape heartbreak, only to find a room for rent — once kept for the dead sister of her landlord, now containing a forbidden door — that will dominate her life.

Of course, Wanda is told that she can’t ever open that door, but she does, and once she experiences the  exquisite unending blackness of that room, she learns that she can paint better than she ever has in her life. That said, she now feels like she’s dying and that all of the people in her life — like her landlady and her brother’s friend Dr. Liancourt — are not what they seem.

When Michel Lemoine (he directed and starred in Seven Women for Satan and also appears in Castle of the Creeping Flesh) is in a movie, nothing normal is about to happen. This is kind of 70’s slow creeping burn — think Rosemary’s Baby and Don’t Look Now — and proves to me that that decade was the most downer ten years of all time.

Director Jean-François Davy’s career is mostly in adult, with movies like Wife Swapping: French Style and Infidélités to his credit. But this one, well, he’s making an art film that I guess you could call a giallo just because it really doesn’t fit any other category.

Based on an André Ruellan’s novel — the author also wrote the script — this is the kind of forgotten movie that once it comes out on blu ray will blow people’s minds.

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