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OUT 21 JULY / CERT 15 / 91 MINS DI­REC­TOR Thomas Kruithof CAST françois Cluzet, De­nis Po­da­ly­dès, Sami Boua­jila, Alba Rohrwacher

TWO YEARS AFTER suf­fer­ing an al­co­holic burnout, un­em­ployed ac­coun­tant Du­val (Cluzet) grate­fully ac­cepts a job tran­scrib­ing surveil­lance tapes. from there, he’s drawn into a sin­is­ter con­spir­acy in­volv­ing the french pres­i­den­tial elec­tion and an African hostage cri­sis. while the sto­ry­line ex­ploits the odd con­trivance, Kruithof’s con­trol over the look and feel of the pic­ture is ex­em­plary, draw­ing Cluzet into ter­ri­tory so full of oblique an­gles and de­void of colour that it re­calls a 1940s mono­chrome noir. As­sid­u­ously con­trolled and im­pec­ca­bly played, this cun­ning thriller keeps both the pro­tag­o­nist and the viewer guess­ing un­til the slickly cyn­i­cal cli­max, but lacks the the­matic and dra­matic depth to un­set­tle as it should.

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