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  • Thriller
  • Drama
  • 2016
  • Thomas Kruithof
  • 87 mins
  • 15

Summary

Action thriller starring François Cluzet. An unemployed accountant gets out of his depth after he accepts a job transcribing intercepted calls.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Thomas Kruithof's teasing debut is typical of thrillers where viewers are asked to take a convoluted situation at face value. Two years after suffering a booze-induced breakdown, out-of-work accountant François Cluzet leaps at a job transcribing phone messages on an electric typewriter. A less desperate man might have questioned the method of his hiring by the shadowy Denis Podalydès or the Spartan nature of his workplace. But Cluzet remains unsuspicious, even after go-between Simon Abkarian demands an incriminating tape and coerces him into a break-in. Echoes of Hitchcockian everyman sagas and post-Watergate conspiracy thrillers reverberate around the increasingly contrived storyline, but Kruithof and co-writer Yann Gozlan manage to stay the right side of plausibility, as the obsessive-compulsive Cluzet sinks further out of his depth. Thierry François's interiors, Alex Lamarque's camerawork and Grégoire Auger's score all sustain the noir-like suspense. However, the flaws would be more noticeable without the excellent Cluzet.

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Credits

Cast

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DuvalFrançois Cluzet
ClémentDenis Podalydès
LabartheSami Bouajila
GerfautSimon Abkarian
SaraAlba Rohrwacher

Crew

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DirectorThomas Kruithof

Details

Theatrical distributor
Arrow
Released on
2017-07-21
Languages
French
Guidance
Violence.
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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