Who Killed Bambi? review

Why you can trust GamesRadar+ Our experts review games, movies and tech over countless hours, so you can choose the best for you. Find out more about our reviews policy.

Gilles Marchand previously co-scripted the Hitchcockian thriller Harry, He's Here To Help and the workplace drama Human Resources. It's a surprise, then, that his directorial debut so fatally bungles its David Lynch-ish chiller vibes with a twist on the hospital-as-working-environment. "Bambi" is Isabelle (Sophie Quinton), a surgery trainee whose on-the-job fainting prompts Dr Philipp (Laurent Lucas) to name her after Disney's weak-limbed fawn. The thing is, Dr Phil has some odd tendencies of a nastier kind involving his patients, as Isabelle soon discovers. The sole mystery here is why no one else suspected Philipp of monstrous medical misbehaviour, given Lucas' cartoon-ish scary-doc delivery. He's just one of many pallid characterisations in a slack, predictable plot, which leans heavily on the thin conceit of punctuating the dream-like, anaesthetising hospital setting with lumpen jolts. Marchand's diagnosis? Stick to writing.

More info

Available platformsMovie

The Total Film team are made up of the finest minds in all of film journalism. They are: Editor Jane Crowther, Deputy Editor Matt Maytum, Reviews Ed Matthew Leyland, News Editor Jordan Farley, and Online Editor Emily Murray. Expect exclusive news, reviews, features, and more from the team behind the smarter movie magazine.