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La mécanique de l'ombre (2016)

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The unemployed Duval is contacted by a mysterious organization to transcribe intercepted calls. He accepts the job with no suspicions, since it restores stability to his life, but it will soon result in political shenanigans of all kinds.

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Clément (as Denis Podalydès de la Comédie Française)
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Philippe Résimont ...
De Grugy
Daniel Hanssens ...
Albert
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Le bras droit de Labarthe
Olivier Bony ...
Le voisin
Bernard Eylenbosch ...
L'homme de main
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La responsable RH
Nader Farman ...
Al-Shamikh
Angelo Dello Spedale ...
Pernot
Yves Jadoul ...
Le vieil homme du couloir
Christian Hening ...
L'employé de ménage (as Christian Hening de Franceschi)
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The unemployed Duval is contacted by a mysterious organization to transcribe intercepted calls. He accepts the job with no suspicions, since it restores stability to his life, but it will soon result in political shenanigans of all kinds.

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11 January 2017 (France)  »

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Avlyssnaren  »

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$5,200,000 (estimated)
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We see Duval (François Cluzet) typing with two fingers, but in the close-ups we see the hands typing with ten fingers. See more »

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Atmospheric French Thriller that can be a bit predictable
10 September 2017 | by (London,United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Scribe or ' La mécanique de l'ombre' is a Film starring Francois Cluzet ('Untouchable') as an accountant who loses his job after a bit of a meltdown. He takes two years to get his life back on track and then receives a telephone call one night offering him a job.

Well he hardly has anything better to do so he accepts despite there being some very strict rules – but all he has to do really is type out transcripts of telephone conversations. What at first seems like an easy gig soon takes on a much darker hue when he realises what is being revealed in the tapped phone calls.

Now this is really well made and the acting is superb. The plot is original up to a point and the direction and cinematography are professional and I really liked it as a film. However, it suffers from the thriller disease in that it has to have a few twists and a climactic end etc. I sort of spotted them all - except one and so for me it did tread a path that appeared a tad well worn. Despite that it is still a film with much to applaud hence my rating.


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