Who Killed Bambi (2003)

Overview

Gilles Marchand, who co-wrote the scripts for Human Resources and With a Friend Like Harry..., makes his directorial debut with Who Killed Bambi?, which he co-wrote with Vincent Dietschy. Isabelle Sophie Quinton is a student nurse. One night while leaving the hospital, she hears a ringing in her ear and loses her balance, passing out. When she awakens, the handsome young Dr. Philipp Laurent Lucas of With a Friend Like Harry... is standing over her. Amused by the young woman's seeming inability to stand on her own...
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Overview

Gilles Marchand, who co-wrote the scripts for Human Resources and With a Friend Like Harry..., makes his directorial debut with Who Killed Bambi?, which he co-wrote with Vincent Dietschy. Isabelle Sophie Quinton is a student nurse. One night while leaving the hospital, she hears a ringing in her ear and loses her balance, passing out. When she awakens, the handsome young Dr. Philipp Laurent Lucas of With a Friend Like Harry... is standing over her. Amused by the young woman's seeming inability to stand on her own feet, he nicknames her "Bambi." Isabelle is not amused. Their relationship becomes adversarial when Isabelle notices that someone has been diluting the hospital's supply of general anesthetic. She suspects that the doctor is drugging female patients so that he can have sex with them. Before long, it's not just medicine, but patients who are going missing. Isabelle's boyfriend, Sami Yasmine Belmadi, an intern, begins to think that she's having an affair with Dr. Philipp, and no one believes her accusations, not even her cousin, Véronique Catherine Jacob, a more experienced nurse. Isabelle finds herself in danger, and her recurring fainting spells create a situation in which she may soon find herself on Dr. Philipp's operating table. Who Killed Bambi? was shown at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival and at the Walter Reade Theater in New York as part of the Film Society of Lincoln Center's 2004 Rendez-Vous With French Cinema.
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Special Features

Original theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Sex Pistols fans will recognize the title Who Killed Bambi? as a good one, but viewers are unlikely to recognize any connection between Gilles Marchand's competent, but somewhat plodding, film, and the anarchic spirit of the punk rock song. In fact, the title of the film is pretty much a red herring, as Isabelle (aka "Bambi," played by Sophie Quinton) is the protagonist of the film, and is alive and well -- not even in any immediate danger -- for the majority of its running time. As for the question of who the villain is, Marchand and Laurent Lucas, who plays the sinister Dr. Philipp, make that pretty clear right off the bat. In fact, one of the film's strengths is the creepy way the doctor skulks about in the background in the unnaturally empty halls of the gleaming, antiseptic hospital. There's a general feeling of creepiness in the setting, nicely captured by cinematographer Pierre Milon (Time Out), and the uneasiness is exacerbated by the lecherous way every male in the place approaches Isabelle, and by her disorienting fainting spells, which have a tendency to blur the line between reality and paranoid fantasy. In one strong sequence, Isabelle awakens to find herself the victim of a practical joke being played by Dr. Philipp, in collusion with her young colleagues. Odd, because it's already been established that the doctor has no sense of humor. The tone of the film is a bit too subdued, and neither Isabelle nor Philipp are interesting or well developed enough as characters to really grab our interest. There's a thematic resonance in the doctor's choice of victims, in the belittling nickname he gives Isabelle, and in the general sense of male dominion the film conveys, and the film is reasonably engaging, but it doesn't ever add up to much.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/5/2005
  • UPC: 712267241224
  • Original Release: 2003
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  • Source: Strand Home Video
  • Presentation: Subtitled
  • Time: 2:06:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 68,818

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Laurent Lucas Dr. Philipp
Sophie Quinton Isabelle/Bambi
Catherine Jacob Veronique
Yasmine Belmadi Sami
Anne Caillon
Sophie Guillemin
Michèle Moretti Mademoiselle Vachon
Francoise Pinkwasser
Lucia Sanchez
Technical Credits
Gilles Marchand Director, Screenwriter
Alex Beaupain Score Composer
Caroline Benjo Producer
Robin Campillo Editor
Carlos Dalton Score Composer
Constance Demontoy Casting
Laurent Deroo Production Designer
Vincent Dietschy Screenwriter
Francois Eudes Score Composer
Lily Margot Score Composer
Doc Mateo Score Composer
Pierre Milon Cinematographer
Virginie Montel Costumes/Costume Designer
Isabelle Pannetier Costumes/Costume Designer
Rafaele Ravinet-Virbel Asst. Director
Richard Rousseau Casting
Carole Scotta Producer
Frederic Ullman Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening [10:40]
2. Night Moves [10:42]
3. Off Limits [18:41]
4. Disappeared [8:33]
5. Guessing Game [9:50]
6. New Patient [14:34]
7. Night Shift [7:16]
8. Inquiry [12:42]
9. Proof [8:19]
10. Awakening [10:16]
11. Bad Dream [6:59]
12. Credits [2:25]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Feature
   Chapters
   Original Trailer
   Other Strand Titles
      Testosterone
      Proteus
      Swoon
      Open My Heart
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