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Frontier(s) is a French horror film directed by Xavier Gens.

In the midst of a right-wing extremist being elected in Paris, riots spark the street. A group of thieves take advantage of the chaos to pull off a robbery before fleeing to a nearby hostel near the border. Unfortunately for them, the place is run by a group of neo-Nazi cannibals. Things get messy. Really messy.

The film was set to be part of the After Dark Horrorfest film festival but the MPAA slapped an NC-17 on it and, rather than edit the film, After Dark decided to give it an unrated limited theatrical release elsewhere.

This film provides examples of:

  • Bittersweet Ending: Yasmine survives and is able to leave the hostel after killing the Neo-Nazis minus Eva, but all of her friends are dead, she's arguably incredibly traumatized and the movie ends with her delivering herself to the police who stop her car.
  • Bloody Handprint: Farid leaves one as he's boiled alive in the steam room.
  • Body Horror: Plenty, but Farid's death comes to mind the most.
  • Broken Heel: Von Geisler cuts the Achilles tendon of one of the thieves.
  • Final Boss: Gilberte is the last member of the cannibal clan to face off against Yasmine.
  • Final Girls: While movie technically has two final girls, neither fit the wholesome image of the final girl (at least by association). Yasmine is pregnant member of a group of thieves, and Eva is a kind but obedient member of the cannibalistic family that's killed Yasmine's companions.
  • Fingore: A character's fingers are blown off with a shotgun.
  • Gorn - It's not as gory as Inside but it's very brutal at times.
  • Forceful Kiss: Karl Jr. gives one to Yasmine.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Eva follows this path. She's a kind, yet obedient, member of the family to start out with, but she switches allegiances when she saves Final Girl Yasmine from Karl by shooting him dead.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: The family eats their victims.
  • Inn of No Return: It's run by a family of cannibalistic neo-Nazis. Meaning, once a guest checks in, there's no checking out.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Alex, who after acting like a douche to everybody sacrifices himself to help Yasmine escape. He fails in the immediate aftermath and succeeds in the end.
  • Nazi Grandpa: Karl Von Geisler Sr is a former Nazi from World War II.
  • Noble Demon: Hans. He is no nice guy but he shows less malice than others and also is nice to Eva.
  • One-Word Title: Frontier(s)
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Well, they're neo-Nazis, so what did you expect?
  • The Quiet One: Hans only has a few lines of dialogue and spends most of his scenes silent.
  • Reality Has No Subtitles: Karl Sr. gives a speech in German at the dinner table that is untranslated.
  • Shout-Out: To The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), in particular the dinner scene near the end.
  • The Sociopath: Karl von Geisler, Sr., a Nazi who fled to France and founded a hotel where he started a Cannibal Clan. He views his family as henchmen, only liking Karl Jr. because he's competent, and kidnapped a little girl to use as his personal Sex Slave.
  • Take That!: Largely against Sarkozy-era France and many of its anti-Muslim policies.
  • Traumatic Haircut: Yasmine has most of her hair cut off to be presentable for the rest of the family.
  • The Unfavorite: Hans appears to be this.
  • Villain Protagonist: The main characters are on the run after taking advantage of riots to rob a bank. Then they run into the Nazi Cannibal Clan, turning the film into Evil Versus Evil.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: Goetz seeks his father's approval and is frustrated that he gets no respect.
  • Your Head Asplode: Karl Jr.'s head explodes after being shot with a shotgun.