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La mécanique de l'ombre (2016)

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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Duval
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Clément (as Denis Podalydès de la Comédie Française)
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Labarthe
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Gerfaut
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Sara
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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Cienie  »

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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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Taut French political thriller

This is a combination of Francis Ford Coppola's THE CONVERSATION, starring Gene Hackman, and the Alan Pakula's atmosphere, for instance PARALLAX VIEW, with a sort of Kafka like complicated story, where a simple dude, played by François Cluzet - the French Dustin Hoffman -, a simple office clerk, despaired and alcoholic, loses his job before being hired by a mysterious organization for listening recorded tapes, of conversations...In that purpose, our lead sits all day in an empty office, empty room. But everything will get awry for our lead will also have to deal with the DGSI - the French Intelligence Service, the equivalent of the US Homeland or British MI 5. Very impressive piece of work, but unfortunately spoiled by a wasted ending, a Hollywood like ending. So shame, for this reason I will never see it again.


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