The 9th Life of Louis Drax


Young Louis (Aiden Longworth) has survived an extraordinary eight near-fatal accidents in his short life. The character of cheeky, slippery Louis calls to mind Oskar, a boy of similar age who is the main protagonist in Stephen Daldrey’s Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011). On a family picnic for his ninth birthday, Louis plunges off a cliff into the sea, falling victim to his ninth accident. Now in a coma, Louis is cared for by Dr. Pascal (Jamie Dornan), who keeps trying to rouse the boy’s consciousness in order to wake him, but at the same time, finds suspicious things beginning to happen around himself.
The film, which begins with young Louis telling the story, belies the boy’s innocent tone to become a suspense that gradually reveals the truth about him, and his family. Replete with scenes both disturbing and riveting, The 9th Life of Louis Drax has various foreshadowings triggering questions, plus elements of horror, mystery and fantasy, as seen in the creepy seaweed-covered man who appears in the coma realm in which Louis wanders.
In the last nine minutes of the film, where the truth abruptly starts to become apparent, we are invited to plunge into the very depths of this tale, as if falling into a coma ourselves.

Kitano Takahiro

 


The 9th Life of Louis Drax

(C)2015 Drax (Canada) Productions Inc./ Drax Films UK Limited.



 
Director: Alexandre Aja
Cast: Jamie Dornan, Sarah Gadon, Aiden Longworth, Oliver Platt, Molly Parker
108 minutes / 2016

 
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Osaka Station City Cinema from 20 January to 16 February 2018
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MOVIX Kyoto from 20 January 2018
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