Martyrs (2008)

Horror

A young woman's quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity.

7.1/10

A real polarising movie, this Gallic torture-porn is graphic, brutal, nasty and gruesome and not to everyone's taste.

63%

69%

Martyrs (2008)

Horror

A young woman's quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity.

7.1/10

A real polarising movie, this Gallic torture-porn is graphic, brutal, nasty and gruesome and not to everyone's taste.

63%

69%

The Fountain (2006)

As a modern-day scientist, Tommy is struggling with mortality, desperately searching for the medical breakthrough that will save the life of his cancer-stricken wife, Izzi.

7.2/10

The Fountain -- a movie about metaphysics, universal patterns, Biblical symbolism, and boundless love spread across one thousand years -- is visually rich but suffers from its own unfocused ambitions.

52%

74%

Martyrs & The Fountain

Joshua Harry Hall

You're almost getting 3 films out of this since Martyrs flips the script part way through from a French extreme-horror (it's a thing) and ends on a philosophical note [it was dubbed a torture-porn movie for Guardian readers, in Total Film mag], which leads perfectly in to The Fountain. While both films share characters pining for the unattainable it's really the climax of The Fountain, and finale to Clint Mansell's incredible score, that pull it full circle for reasons best discovered yourself!