Indie Trailer Sunday: French High School Thriller 'Lights Out'

August 1, 2010
Source: Twitch

Lights Out Trailer

Today's new Indie Trailer Sunday, to mark the return of this fine series, is a trailer for a French flick that (unfortunately) doesn't have any English subtitles. However, because it was one of my favorite films of this year's Cannes and because there's still a lot you can pick up from this trailer (like the visual style and mood and a glimpse at its drama) that I wanted to feature it anyway. Twitch has debuted a trailer for Lights Out, also known as Simon Werner a Disparu… in French, a high school murder mystery noir film kind of like Brick but from France (read my review). Enjoy the music, too, as the film uses quite a bit of New Order in it.

Watch the full French trailer for Fabrice Gobert's Lights Out:

March 1992, in a small town in the suburbs of Paris. During an alcohol fueled party, teenagers discover a body hidden in the bushes of a forest. A body that seems lifeless. Two weeks earlier. Simon, a 16 year-old, has not shown up for class. Blood stains are found in a class-room. Run-away, kidnap, suicide, murder?

Lights Out, or Simon Werner a Disparu originally in French, is both written and directed by Fabrice Gobert, a young first-time French filmmaker making a film inspired by his own life. It features a lot of songs by 80's band New Order. This first premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this year but doesn't have a US distributor yet, so we're not sure when it'll be coming to theaters. Stay tuned for any more updates if you're interested!

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The music was interesting. Didn't get the rest.

Crapola on Aug 1, 2010


After reading Alex's description I get the trailer a little more.

ProMovieBlogger on Aug 1, 2010


Maybe it's because neither of us understand French?

John Doe on Aug 1, 2010


^ Sorry guys. I thought it was still a good trailer to feature even without any subtitles, but... I guess not.

Alex Billington on Aug 1, 2010


C'mon guys, seems as though none of you watch foreign movies? That said, this does look okay... nothing more!

McQueen on Aug 1, 2010


reading everything on the page helped get the tone, and we should thanks alex for getting us links like this to helpen widen our culture, despite a need for subtitles haha

lp on Aug 1, 2010


I watched Teen Wolf, does that count as a Foreign?

Crapola on Aug 2, 2010


Why "unfortunately" in French? Come on guys...there are other people on the planet...and some of them are French All cinephiles should learn @ least another's part of widening one's cinematic experience...and it's beyond 3D and IMAX 🙂

I am... on Aug 2, 2010


was that a new order song in the trailer? i didnt recognize it

Brian Barajas on Aug 2, 2010


Hey I saw a nipple!

N. on Aug 2, 2010


Thanks Alex. and @10 N., i think so...

chilin on Aug 3, 2010

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