Payback - François Valla - France
Payback (Versus, 2019)
Director: François Valla
A ride bus home turns into a nightmare for a teenager. After being robbed, Achile tries to get his wallet back, only to be the victim of a brutal attack that will turn him into the monster he always hated. Eurochannel premieres Payback, an emotional thriller about justice and revenge.
Payback follows the story of Achile, a teenager who tries to recover from a vicious attack in Paris. Scarred not only on the outside but also in his pride, his parents send him to spend some time to recover at the beach townhouse of a family member. There when he meets Brian, a violent young man, Achile faces his demons to become what he always feared.
Inspired by a true story, Payback is an unusual, hybrid film that oscillates between a teenage chronicle and genre film. While Ahcile heals his emotional wounds with the help of a summer love affair, he also plunges into the dark places of his mind for a dive of no return.
Praised by the specialized press, Payback falls into a growing trend of dark thrillers, drawing inspiration for its cinematography and narrative. Adding to that, the thought-provoking theme of post-traumatic stress is at the heart of this engaging production as viewers witness the harrowing transformation of its leading character.
Eurochannel invites you to be thrilled by the transformation of a young boy into a senseless emotional man that will transform his life into everything he always hated.