Xavier Gens is the ugly duckling of new French horror. And that's pretty damn ugly, because when you consider the work of Alexander Aja, Alexandre Bustillo, Kim Chapiron, and Fabrice Du Welz, you're not just scraping the barrel, you're underneath it... down on bloodied knee, where the rusty nails, mouse droppings, and mildew have colonized and fermented into a digitally read disc that clueless horror heads can't help but heap praise upon. (The exception here is the work of David Moreau and Xavier Palud, who've shown some skill with the flawed - and not half-horrible - Them.)
One can't even get past the opening credits to Frontier(s) without Xavier Gens insulting your intelligence (...have you seen Hitman?). In an effort to establish a setting of Parisian unrest, Gens crudely splices together footage of the French suburban riots of 2005, the labor protests of 2006, and the elections of 2007. By doing this, he not only confuses Frontier(s) intended commentary, but shows significant ignorance regarding his own country's social and political situations. Gens has trouble connecting dots, and he's counting on that handicap from you too.
Even more crudely, monsieur unoriginal doesn't flinch from lifting scenes from his own buddy's movies: 1. The dinner table scene from Sheitan, 2. the haircut scene from Calvaire, 3. and, the buzzsaw color-me-blood-red scene from Haute Tension. Pathetically, Gens also shows an affinity for the - yeesh! - "cinema" of Rob Zombie. You know... incestuous sisters, nascent cannibalism, pigs wandering in-and-out of frame.
You've read the script before, but in a nutshell, Frontier(s) tells the tale of four French-Muslim teens who steal money during some rioting and plan to lay low in the countryside until tensions cool. They find a house in the middle of nowhere and then blah blah blah... squirt... pish... poop... fizzle fry floozy wank. By making the inhabitants of the house a clan of neo-Nazis, Gens aims for a "France is xenophobic" subtext, but his lack of political awareness automatically disqualifies it. Fronteir(s) is simply an excuse to play out his own fascist fantasies.