09 20 Oct '24
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Bertrand Bonello


Edition 2022
80' - 2022 - Mystery, Drama - Dialogue: French
Director: Bertrand Bonello Composer: Bertrand Bonello With: Louise Labeque, Julia Faure, Louis Garrel, Gaspard Ulliel
With the peculiar 'corona film' Coma, French iconoclast Bertrand Bonello puts the dream theory of philosopher Gilles Deleuze and your brain together in a blender. Try waking up from that!
France has quite a few enfants terribles among its film directors and Bertrand Bonello is certainly one of them. Coma is his enigmatic answer to the existential fears that the corona pandemic has confronted us with. The nameless main character played by Louise Labèque (from Bonello's Zombi Child) falls victim to those fears. Banished to her bedroom, the teenage girl digs ever deeper into the rabbit hole of a virtual world where the line with reality blurs beyond recognition. She ends up in a purgatory of morbid obsessions, fantasies and nightmares. From Zoom meetings and a Youtube guru called Patricia Coma to Trump tweets and a stop-motion soap with Barbie dolls (voices of, among others, the late Gaspard Ulliel). As with the controversial Nocturama, Bonello dedicates this 'corona film' to his own daughter and provides the music himself.
"Bertrand Bonello’s Coma might be understood as a fascinating update of David Cronenberg’s body horror classic Videodrome, addressing the corporeal, psychological, and existential crises of our hypermediated age." - Slant Magazine

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Bertrand Bonello


Bertrand Bonello


Louise Labeque, Julia Faure, Louis Garrel, Gaspard Ulliel


Bertrand Bonello

Director of Photography

Antoine Parouty


Gabrielle Stemmer


Justin Taurand, Bertrand Bonello

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Les Films du Bélier

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Bertrand Bonello
Something Organic (1998), The Pornographer (2001), Tiresia (2003), Cindy: The Doll Is Mine (short, 2005), My New Picture (short, 2007), On War (2008), Where the Boys Are (short, 2010), House of Tolerance (2011), Ingrid Cavan: Music and Voice (2012), Saint Laurent (2014), Sarah Winchester: Phantom Opera (short, 2016), Nocturama (2016), Zombi Child (2019), Coma (2022)

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