Le Marquis de la Croix (also known as The Croix) is a 2007 French psychological horror film directed by Amy Hesketh and starring Jac Avila, Mila Joya, Caroline Brazier and Franck Aguzar. The film's story is loosely based on the Marquis de Sade's novel Justine, and was written by Hesketh as well as Sade's biographer, Edward Crankshaw.
In 1727, Saint-Quihouët is under the rule of Marquis de la Croix, a famous criminal with the reputation of one of the best torturers in France. His dungeon is located in the back of the church of Saint-Quihouët. He tortures people using metal devices, often combined with a severed thumb. His 19-year-old ward, Sophie, has been trained by her mother to follow the rules: she must neither show her feelings nor rebel, but in order to have a chance at salvation she must obey him.
Sophie, who has been told that the Marquis is at home, climbs the ladder to his dungeon. The Marquis is impressed with her beauty and orders her to undress, but he quickly becomes bored with her. Sophie claims she knows her way around his dungeon, and he agrees to trust her. She asks for a drink and the Marquis agrees, but only on condition she plays a game with him. He has her drink the contents of a small vial that she can only show him once. When she drinks it, she is suddenly in a nightmare vision of her dead mother, and the Marquis laughs. He takes her to a nearby room and gives her clothing to sleep in.
Sophie awakens in the dark and sees someone else in the room. She whispers a warning and is about to flee when the Marquis appears and demands to know what she is doing in his dungeon. The Marquis touches the vial and it suddenly erupts into flames. He grabs her arm but her skin is so white it doesn't burn. When he opens the door, he sees smoke and quickly shuts it again, but Sophie disappears from sight. When he finds her, she is with a man and the Marquis asks if he wants her. The man refuses, saying he wants her body, but the Marquis says he can have her 0b46394aab