Richard Stanley, France, 2013, Severin Films, Docs

“A singular introduction to ‘a place where magic still has currency,’ Richard Stanley's THE OTHERWORLD is part documentary about a storied region in southwestern France, part first-hand testimony of the paranormal, and part psychedelic head trip.

Stanley, director of indie genre titles like 1990's HARDWARE, starts this film speaking portentously in a shadow-filled room, looking directly at us as if we're across the campfire and says ‘This is the story of the strangest thing that ever happened to me. I don't expect you to believe me…’ The filmmaker reports that he first visited the region of Montsegur more than two decades ago, researching a documentary on the Holy Grail. He describes a visit to the ruins of the fortress there, a full-moon nighttime hike in which the atmosphere suddenly turned "electric" and he encountered a woman -- not a ghost -- who hadn't been there an instant before.

There is an eerie payoff to this tale, but before delivering it Stanley shows the extent to which he is not alone. Montsegur, Rennes-Le-Chateau, and Bugarach are chock full of lore, from the kind of unsolved Catholic controversies that lead to Dan Brown bestsellers to much stranger, more fascinating mysteries of the occult…” (John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter)

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  • 87 mins
  • Color
  • 2.35:1


  • DCP