“The Quarry” (original title: “La faille”) is a 1998 French thriller film directed by Marion Hänsel. The film stars John Lynch, Jonny Phillips, and Oscar Petersen, and has a runtime of 98 minutes.
“The Quarry” follows two brothers, Mason and Dixon (John Lynch and Jonny Phillips), who are on the run from the law after robbing a bank in Texas. They flee to a remote Canadian border town and pose as geologists to avoid suspicion. The brothers befriend a local woman, Toomasina (Sylvie Testud), who becomes caught up in their dangerous game of cat and mouse with the authorities. As tensions rise and secrets are revealed, the trio's fate becomes increasingly uncertain.
“The Quarry” is a tense and atmospheric thriller that expertly weaves together elements of crime drama and character study. Marion Hänsel's direction is subtle and nuanced, allowing the film's themes of redemption, loyalty, and betrayal to unfold slowly and organically. The performances by the lead actors, particularly John Lynch and Jonny Phillips, are exceptional, and the film's desolate Canadian setting adds an eerie sense of isolation and foreboding. “The Quarry” is a gripping and thought-provoking film that showcases the best of European cinema.
“The Quarry” was nominated for several awards at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival, including the Palme d'Or for Best Film. The film won the Grand Prize of the Jury at the Montreal World Film Festival the same year.