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->''"Martyrs are exceptional people. They survive pain, they survive total deprivation. They bear all the sins of the earth. They give themselves up. They transcend themselves... they are transfigured."''
-->-- '''Mademoiselle'''

''Martyrs'' is a French-Canadian horror movie starring Morjana Alaoui and Mylène Jampanoï.

The story is about Lucie, a torture victim who escapes from her captors. She's sent to an orphanage where she meets and befriends Anna, a fellow child abuse victim. While the police and the media investigated Lucie's predicament, the perpetrators were never caught, so Anna pledges to help Lucie track them down. Fifteen years later, Lucie seizes the chance to have her revenge.

The film is exceedingly graphic, but also contains plenty of PsychologicalHorror.
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!!Martyrs offers examples of:

* AffablyEvil: [[spoiler: The Mademoiselle]].
* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler:The tormentor's lips were sewn shut.]]
* AdultsAreUseless: The police and the media.
* AncientConspiracy: [[spoiler:The torturers.]]
* AteHisGun: [[spoiler: The Mademoiselle at the end, after Anna tells her the secrets of the afterlife]].
* AudienceSurrogate: Anna.
* AxCrazy: Lucie.
* BadassLongcoat: [[spoiler: The mooks who arrive at the house halfway through the movie wear these]].
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Averted with Anna.
* BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil: Lucie is hounded by a fellow torture victim who never forgave her for running away. [[spoiler:She exists only in Lucie's mind and resembles what Lucie would have been had she not escaped.]]
* BigBad: [[spoiler: The Mademoiselle]].
* BlownAcrossTheRoom: Happens right after the father opens the door for Lucie.
* BodyHorror: [[spoiler:The steel facemask and the "diaper" are stapled into the victim.]]
** [[spoiler: Anna after she is flayed.]]
* BreakTheCutie: Possibly one of the most brutal examples ever with Lucie and Anna.
* ChunkySalsaRule: Lucie vs the wife. The second blow is followed by a closeup shot of the skull caving in, and she keeps hammering away for a while.
* ColdBloodedTorture: The premise of the film and modus operandi of the villains.
* [[spoiler:DecoyProtagonist: Anna's the main protagonist, even if the first half of the movie focuses on Lucie.]]
* DevilInPlainSight: [[spoiler:The torturers act like normal people, and the cellar is very well hidden.]]
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Lucie cuts her own throat after taking her revenge, and the Mademoiselle shoots herself at the very end after learning about [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow the afterlife]]]].
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The Mademoiselle.
* EvilOldFolks: [[spoiler: The Mademoiselle again]].
* FullFrontalAssault: [[spoiler: Lucie's tormentor is completely nude and covered in scars.]]
* ForeignRemake: An American remake [[http://www.aintitcool.com/node/39602 is planned]]. Produced by the producer of ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'', of all things, and [[http://thefilmstage.com/2010/06/14/kristen-stewart-to-become-a-martyr-for-twilight-producer/ possibly with Kristen Stewart]].
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: [[spoiler:One interpretation on what happens to the Mademoiselle.]]
* {{Gorn}}: Plenty, most notably [[spoiler:Anna being skinned alive.]]
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Most of the torturers get away completely scot free. The only ''remote'' upside is that the family that tortured Lucie and the Mademoiselle are both dead.]]
* KickTheMoralityPet: Anna's not sure whether Lucie's really found the real torturers or just slaughtered an innocent family.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: They really had it coming.
* MedicalHorror: [[spoiler:The TortureCellar is quite refined and utilitarian.]]
* MotiveRant: [[spoiler:The Mademoiselle calmly gives Anna a presentation on what the conspiracy is about and what they want to accomplish.]]
* NothingIsScarier: Lucie's tormentor is initially shown only in glimpses because [[spoiler:she doesn't exist]].
* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler:The wife.]]
* OffscreenAfterlife: Only [[spoiler:Anna]] knows for sure.
* OrphanageOfFear: Lucie and Anna get assigned to one.
* PrimalFear: [[spoiler:As the torture progresses, the victims are turned into atrophied, feral shells of their former selves.]]
* PunchClockVillain: [[spoiler:The torturers live like normal people when off-duty.]]
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Lucie goes on one against those she thinks tortured her.
* SchoolgirlLesbians: Lucie and Anna.
* SurvivorGuilt: Lucie feels guilty about abandoning a fellow victim.
* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: Just ''how'' crazy is Lucie?
* [[spoiler:TortureCellar: The setting of the second half of the movie.]]
* ToThePain: The BigBad tells [[spoiler:Anna]] exactly what they're going to do and why they do it.
* TragicMonster: [[spoiler:The second torture victim.]]
* TheUnreveal: Near the end, [[spoiler:Anna whispers something to Mademoiselle, and the audience doesn't hear it. The rest of the conspiracy doesn't hear it either, because the Mademoiselle blows her brains out shortly afterwards.]]
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