6.4/10
982
4 user 13 critic

Lights Out (2010)

Simon Werner a disparu... (original title)
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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Fabrice Gobert

Writer:

Fabrice Gobert
Reviews
3 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

K.O. (2017)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A CEO for a television channel finds his life torn apart after he wakes up from coma.

Director: Fabrice Gobert
Stars: Laurent Lafitte, Chiara Mastroianni, Pio Marmaï
Mytho (2019)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Desperate to get her family attention, an overworked mother, lie to them about her condition.

Stars: Marina Hands, Mathieu Demy, Marie Drion
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Rémy, a young Parisian with an unskilled job, lives alone in his apartment. Mélanie, a young she-Parisian who works in scientific research, lives alone in her apartment. Two solitudes, two ... See full summary »

Director: Cédric Klapisch
Stars: François Civil, Ana Girardot, Camille Cottin
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A coming-of-age tale about an adolescent boy and his efforts to fit in amongst a varied cast of characters.

Director: Riad Sattouf
Stars: Vincent Lacoste, Anthony Sonigo, Alice Tremolière
Secret Agents (2004)
Crime | Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Moles threaten to foil a team of secret agents' plan.

Director: Frédéric Schoendoerffer
Stars: Vincent Cassel, Monica Bellucci, André Dussollier
Close Enemies (2018)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Driss and Manuel are two childhood friends who end up taking opposite paths: Manuel chose to embrace the thug life, while Driss becomes a cop. When Manuel's biggest deal goes terribly wrong, the two men meet again and come to realize they both need each other to survive in their worlds.

Director: David Oelhoffen
Stars: Matthias Schoenaerts, Reda Kateb, Adel Bencherif
The Snow White Murder Case (TV Special 2014)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A young woman who works at cosmetic company becomes the prime suspect after her beautiful co-worker is murdered.

Director: Yoshihiro Nakamura
Stars: Mao Inoue, Gô Ayano, Nanao
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Police officers at a station must solve a murder case.

Director: Quentin Dupieux
Stars: Benoît Poelvoorde, Grégoire Ludig, Marc Fraize
Guy I (2018)
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Gauthier, a young journalist, learns through his mother that he's the illegitimate son of Guy Jamet, an aging French pop singer who was famous from the '60s to the '90s. As the old-time ... See full summary »

Director: Alex Lutz
Stars: Alex Lutz, Tom Dingler, Pascale Arbillot
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A small-time dealer dreams of another life but can't afford it. To escape, he must accept one last job involving Spain, drugs, the Illuminati and his overbearing mother.

Director: Romain Gavras
Stars: Karim Leklou, Isabelle Adjani, Vincent Cassel
Il Divo (2008)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The story of Italian politician Giulio Andreotti, who has served as Prime Minister of Italy seven times since the restoration of democracy in 1946.

Director: Paolo Sorrentino
Stars: Toni Servillo, Anna Bonaiuto, Giulio Bosetti
The Returned (TV Series 2012)
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

The Returned opens in a small mountain community which is rocked to its core when several local people who are presumed dead suddenly re-appear at their homes. Despite having passed away ... See full summary »

Stars: Anne Consigny, Clotilde Hesme, Frédéric Pierrot
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jules Pélissier ... Jérémie Legrand
Ana Girardot ... Alice Cartier
Audrey Bastien ... Clara
Selma El Mouissi Selma El Mouissi ... Laetitia
Arthur Mazet Arthur Mazet ... Jean-Baptiste Rabier
Serge Riaboukine ... Rabier, le prof de physique sévère , le père de Jean-Baptiste
Laurent Delbecque ... Simon Werner
Yan Tassin Yan Tassin ... Frédéric
Esteban Carvajal-Alegria Esteban Carvajal-Alegria ... Luc
Laurent Capelluto ... Yves, l'entraîneur de foot
Arthur de Donno Arthur de Donno ... Kama
Louis Farge Louis Farge ... Pierre-Marie
Edith Proust Edith Proust ... Florence
Barthélémy Guillemard Barthélémy Guillemard ... Grammont
Catherine Beau Catherine Beau ... Mme Legrand
Edit

Storyline

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 teenager, has not shown up for class. Blood stains are found in a class-room. Run-away, kidnap, suicide, murder? A few days later, Laetitia, a student from the same class goes missing without her parents knowing where she has gone. A young girl with no dark background or connection to Simon. The next day, Jean-Baptiste, a third student, also disappears. Rumors start to spread. The psychosis begins... Written by TF1 International

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

22 September 2010 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Lights Out See more »

Filming Locations:

Cesson, Seine-et-Marne, France See more »

Edit

Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$346,738
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Presented in September 2010 at the Film Français d'Helvétie in Bienne (Switzerland). See more »

Connections

References Poltergeist (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Gaspard de la nuit
Composed by Maurice Ravel
(1908)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A modern day «Les disparus de Saint-Agil»
18 October 2010 | by guy-bellingerSee all my reviews

In 1938, Christian-Jaque made a famous mystery movie entitled «Les disparus de Saint-Agil». Seven decades later, a young filmmaker named Fabrice Gobert undertook the writing and the filming of «Simon Werner a disparu ...», a film that cannot exactly be called a remake but that presents more than one common point with Christian-Jaque's classic. The location is the same (a middle school in «Les disparus...»; a high school in «Simon Werner...», both situated in the Paris region) . They have a similar starting point (three pupils disappear in both stories) ; either film reveals young talents (Jean Claudio, Serge Grave, Robert Rollis in «Les disparus...»; Jules Pélissier, Ana Girardot, Arthur Mazet, Selma El Mouissi in «Simon Werner...» ). Last but not least, the two films show that appearances are misleading and have a surprise ending.

Of course 2009 has not much to do with the late 1930s and the treatment given to the two stories is logically very different. While Christian Jaque's film is a delightfully old-fashioned thriller, Fabrice Gobert's is an attempt at describing the young people of today; their centers of interest and their insecurities, particularly as concerns the things of sex in general and homosexuality in particular. Among these young people, many have a crude language, show off as much as they can but neither for them nor for the more shy or discreet is this period of life (the characters are in their final year of secondary education, so about seventeen or eighteen) a pleasure cruise. Which gives "Simon Werner a disparu..." a more psychological and sociological aspect than "Les disparus de Saint-Agil" whose heroes are younger, making Christian Jaque's film lighter and more playful but less profound.

Another major difference with "Les disparus" is the construction. Traditional in the old film, it is more elaborate in "Simon Werner". Indeed before the truth is revealed in the contemporary movie, Fabrice Gobert will have told the story four times, the same situation being seen through the eyes of four different characters, each time bringing new information to the viewer, either bridging a gap or invalidating what has previously been mistaken for an established fact. This device, in addition to being mind stimulating, enables the director to show four different facets of his talent, as each segment is filmed in a specific style, in keeping with the disposition of the character witnessing the facts.

But where both films finally meet is when they alert the viewer to the danger of judging by appearances. Several characters in both movies (I will not tell you which ones not to spoil your pleasure) are suspected for reasons that are only apparently good. Some facts are misinterpreted. All this is good for suspense but also helps the viewer to question themselves and to avoid hasty judgment.

All in all, " Simon Werner a disparu...", Fabrice Gobert's commendable first feature film can boast an intelligent thought-provoking script, a talented direction and a very good cast (the always reliable Serge Riaboukine as the gruff physics teacher and a lot of new young talents). Which are three good reasons to go and see it.


19 of 21 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 4 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed