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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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Writing On The Wall
2 August 2017 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This has a lot going for it - top-of-the-line performing from the two leads downwards, sure-footed direction, fine sense of claustrophobia, tasty camera-work - but against that is a complete derivativeness, we 've been seeing variations on this ever since the Cold War so where we once had novelty now we have only comparison shopping i.e. is this as good as x, how does Cluzet compare with y, does Podaldes eclipse z. Coming off a nervous breakdown, unemployed and without change of a match Cluzet fields a mysterious phone call and is offered a post with strings; the job is transcribing tapes of tapped phone calls, the strings are he may not leave the windowless room in which the transcribing is done even for lunch. In terms of inscrutability Podalydes makes the average Chinese diplomat seem gregarious but, inevitably, things begin to spiral beyond Cluzet's ability to control them. Worth seeing for the two leads if nothing else.


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