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High Lane (2009)

Fanny Valette , Johan Libéreau , Abel Ferry  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Fanny Valette, Johan Libéreau, Raphaël Lenglet
  • Directors: Abel Ferry
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: February 8, 2011
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004EI2NU4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,885 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The gorgeous rising French star Fanny Valette (Moliere, Little Jerusalem) leads a cast of sexy young actors in the riveting action suspense film High Lane. A group of friends on a climbing vacation ignore warnings that the mountains are closed and start their ascent anyway. Collapsing bridges, bear traps and other dangers threaten to splinter the group…when the real hell begins and an unseen villain begins picking them off one by one. Combining the heart-stopping suspense of Cliffhanger with the mortal dread of a serial killer, High Lane is certain to cure you of a fear of heights: who cares about the fall when it gets you away from a lunatic?

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars High Lane March 7, 2011
Format:DVD
"High Lane" was directed by Abel Ferry and stars Fanny Valette (Chloé), Johan Libéreau (Loïc), Raphaël Lenglet (Guillaume), Nicolas Giraud (Fred), and Maud Wyler (Karine) as a group of friends (two couples and a fifth wheel) who decide to go mountain climbing on a mountain closed for repairs and end up getting hunted by a deranged killer.

The climbers see that the pass is closed but go anyway, a classic beginning to a nature horror movie where nature enthusiasts bite off more than they can chew. It seems like it will be easy going since this mountain is equipped for safe climbing complete with ladder rungs wedged deep into the mountain and steel safety cords to hook onto. Everyone is wearing safety harnesses with double lanyard hooks so this should be simple, right?

The first setback besides the pass being closed is that Loïc clearly has a fear of heights combined with vertigo that he is attempting to hide from the group to keep his pride intact in front of his girlfriend, Chloé's ex, Guilliaume who is still in love with her. The action begins fast and one accident after another occurs until it becomes clear these are not just accidents and someone is out to get these hikers.

I already have a pretty established fear of heights so watching even the "fun" portions of their trip was enough to tie my stomach in knots. The movie gets more intense as every worse case scenario begins to enfold on them. The tension between the ex-boyfriend and the new boyfriend is heated up by the stress of trying to find a way out despite losing group members. It is a shorter film, only one hour and twenty minutes so there is no wasted screen time dwelling on talking about feelings or back story when the situation is so much more dire than that. This is a terrifying movie that tensed me up considerably throughout!!

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Ascent February 13, 2011
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The Scenery in High Lane is beautiful and the camera angles are cleverly shot.
It does for Acrophobia what The Descent did for Claustrophobia. It takes that fear and runs with it making the film interesting and scary before we are ever introduced to the unforeseen terror in the form of a crazed disfigured mountain freak.

When we as a viewer go into the psycho's Lair it is very poorly lit and hard to make out some of the things that are happening,I was able to see enough to figure out what was up but I wanted to see more.What I could make out were hanging lamps made out of human heads,lots of body parts and somewhere you wouldn't want to visit. The effects were well done and not over the top but enough to satisfy us Slasher lovers appetite for carnage.

Just as in the Descent in the beginning of their adventure they show a group photo being taken and at the end of the film they show the same photo of everyone, arms around each others shoulders looking carefree and happy.That to me was a direct rip off,this is in no way a spoiler.
There is some jealous boyfriend and Ex boyfriend drama that weaves it's way into the plot and I found it to be useful in creating more tension and extreme circumstances.

There is no explanation given for the origin of the villain But instead focus on flashbacks of an experience that happened to one of the main characters "Fanny Valette" who is a nurse .I suppose it was suppose to be the big "OH I GET IT" moment" when all is revealed, but it was much ado about little, in my opinion.There are some very good fight for survival scenes and power struggles .I really wanted to love this movie because crazed wilderness freaks are one of my favorite Slasher sub genres,ala,Wrong Turn,The Hills Have eyes,Just Before Dawn etc.I give it 3 and 1/2 stars..
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Thriller! March 12, 2011
Format:DVD
This movie was great! In short, a group of kids go mountain climbing/hiking in the Balkans. Along the way, they, not surprisingly, get hunted, and the story revolves around how well they either evade capture or deal with their adversary (trying to avoid spoiler). Again, it was great. First of all, the camera work of the beginning 1/2 of the film as they hike/mountain climb was outstanding. I'm sure there was a lot of computer graphics, but it never felt that way. Its conceivable they actually did the stunts themselves. Either way, the shots are great, and the tension as they do challenging moves it outstanding. For fans of mountain climbing and advanced hiking, these scenes alone are worth the ride. Then we get to the adversarial part. While this movie is a French analogue of the all too repeated West Virginia mutant gone bad story, it doesn't feel formulaic or tired. Perhaps there isn't that much new in this story compared to the genre of deep woods hikers meets crazy killer, but it feels fresh. Hard to articulate why, but it was really enjoyable. Please understand the film is in french and subtitled with English. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than I expected September 16, 2012
Format:DVD
I'm not a fan of the title "High Lane". It really doesn't reflect the film, which is better than your average cliched "young people go off in nature and bad things happen". It makes me think of "highway" and this film is mountains.

It's a nicely paced tense action-horror-thriller. The five main characters did well with their standard roles that they had. Some of it is surprisingly bloody and gory, and the ending, while somewhat expected, had a nice irony to it.

It is very similar to "The Descent", as another reviewer pointed out, which is one of my favorite films. "High Lane" is worth your time, I've seen way worse. Good effort.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars An above average horror/adventure film
I really wasn't excepting a whole lot from this one, but I was pleasantly surprised by it. Its nothing too original.. Read more
Published 7 months ago by The Piper at the Gates
2.0 out of 5 stars Into the Great Wide Open.......
“High Lane” is a French horror movie made in 2009 about five people who go hiking/mountain climbing in the mountains of Croatia. Read more
Published 7 months ago by The Straw Man
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Gift
I got this as a gift for my brother because it is quite exciting in places. The price was right, and it arrived and, so far as I know, played ok.
Published 16 months ago by Michael P. Vaiana
2.0 out of 5 stars The Eiger Sanction meets Friday the 13th, meets Deliverance, meets The...
This film has all the very predictable cliff hanging moments, very predictable violent moments, blended with fairly interesting mountain climbing footage. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Quadro Sinead Summer
2.0 out of 5 stars First half-hour is worth it, forget the rest.
<strong>Vertige</strong> (Abel Ferry, 2009)

The first thirty minutes of <em>Vertige</em>, released in America as <em>High Lane</em>, are by far the... Read more
Published on February 15, 2012 by Robert Beveridge
4.0 out of 5 stars You'll love the first half, but the second half disappoints
High Lane (original title: Vertige) tries to pack the action and thrills of two different horror films into one. Read more
Published on February 2, 2012 by Daniel Jolley
2.0 out of 5 stars The Low Road
When this movie concerns the perils of mountain climbing, it ascends to near excellence. The character infos are concise and pertinent, and the action gets quickly under way. Read more
Published on October 12, 2011 by Carolyn Paetow
3.0 out of 5 stars Climbing The Mountains Of Madness...
HIGH LANE (aka: VERTIGE) is about a group of rock climbers who venture into the Croatian mountains. All is well until horrible "accidents" befall them, and they begin running into... Read more
Published on June 29, 2011 by Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein
4.0 out of 5 stars NICE LITTLE SUSPENSE/THRILLER FROM FRANCE!!
Strange movie. In a world where most films are re-makes of re-makes a little strangness is welcome. Apparently in Europe there are established trails up steep cliffs which allow... Read more
Published on June 3, 2011 by Benjamin Kidman
5.0 out of 5 stars It's in english too!
Contrary to what some reviewers have stated there is the option to set this movie to french AND english. IT's a great movie. Cliffhanger meets Wrong Turn. Read more
Published on March 19, 2011 by MJSLawrence
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