Play or Die

Play or Die is a 2019 Belgian horror film directed by Jacques Kluger.[1] The film is based on the bestseller novel titled Puzzle by Franck Thilliez.[1] The plot revolves around Lucas (Charley Palmer Rothwell),[1] a young man who lived through his childhood marked by the abuse of his mother and who after adult decides to create a game called Paranoia, which uses as a means to make several atrocities.

Play or Die
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Directed byJacques Kluger
Written byJacques Kluger Amiel Bartana
Based onPuzzle
by Franck Thilliez
CinematographyDanny Elsen
Release date
  • 18 April 2019 (2019-04-18) (United States)

The film premiered on 18 April 2019 in the United States,[1] and 10 May 2019 in Estonia,[2] and 10 July 2019 in VOD format.[3]


Lucas (Charley Palmer Rothwell) and Chloé (Roxane Mesquida) are a former dysfunctional couple who, after having spent a year apart, meet again because Chloé decides to invite him to play a game called Paranoia, in which they offer a million euros to the two players who finish the game. By gathering the clues to be accepted in the game they arrive at a party, where they find a way to reach an abandoned hospital where the game will take place. Upon arrival a mysterious voice tells all the players the rules of the game and how to play, but what the mysterious voice does not tell the players is that the main rules of the game are: Number 1: Nothing is real, and Number 2 : One of you will die. When starting the game Lucas begins to notice that something was not normal and that in the game they were only trying to kill all the players, but Chloé refuses to believe that anyone wants to kill them all. Minutes after having passed the first test of the game, in the second test of the game they run into the corpse of one of the players, so both begin to worry and get scared. Frightened by what happened, Chloé and Lucas just try to finish the game to save their lives, and later in a room they find another corpse of another player and some papers where there was information about Naomi (Marie Zabukovec), who was actually admitted to the hospital abandoned years ago, and she was a totally dangerous patient. So Chloé deduces that she is the murderer.

After having passed some tests of the game, they reach the final test, which makes them go to the abandoned hospital church, that's where Chloé discovers that Lucas is really the murderer and that he is a psychopath who suffers from memory loss. From what Chloé makes him believe that they are about to reach the end of the game, when she finds a ladder to go up to the second floor of the church, she decides pushing Lucas from the stairs and she flees the place, but he manages to find her and kill her.

While he is unaware of what he was doing, he thinks he has found the murderer who killed all the players in the game, but the murderer is really himself, and that is where it is discovered that he murdered his mother and that he organized everything in the game.


  • Charley Palmer Rothwell as Lucas
    • Koah Edwards as Child Lucas
    • Igor van Dessel as Teenager Lucas
  • Roxane Mesquida as Chloé
  • Marie Zabukovec as Naomi
  • Thomas Mustin as Jablowski
  • Daphné Huynh as Maxine
  • Hippolyte de Poucques as Ray
  • Caroline Donnelly as Lucas' mother
  • Helena Chambon as Nurse
  • Laetitia Chambon as Nurse


  1. ^ a b c d "Play or Die". Retrieved 24 December 2019.
  2. ^ "Play or Die: Release Info". IMDb. Retrieved 24 December 2019.
  3. ^ "Play or Die". (in French). Retrieved 24 December 2019.

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