STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1
VERDICT – 4/5
1) A wrongly convicted man’s lifelong attempt to escape from the brutal French Guiana prison. An epic prison drama of epic length.
2) It’s not a fun thrilling adventure escape movie but one of the most horrific and saddest prison escape movies ever made. We see Papillon’s spirit being broken in solitary confinement where he’s reduced to eat insects and worms for survival. By the end of the movie, we see the lead characters gone weak & senile after multiple failed attempts. Although, it’s narrated in the epilogue that Papillon made it to freedom, the jump from the cliff was nothing less than suicide.
3) After the second escape attempt, we see some fascinating characters making appearance one after the other like the mysterious tattoo-faced hunter, the leper colony chief, the Columbian prisoner, the Indian chief, and the abbess. The screenplay is almost without dialogues during this period.
Toussaint: How did you know I have dry leprosy, that it isn’t contagious?
Papillon: I didn’t.