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Counter Investigation (2007)

Contre-enquête (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Thriller | 7 March 2007 (France)
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A cop investigates whether the man convicted of murdering his daughter is really guilty.

Director:

Franck Mancuso

Writers:

Franck Mancuso, Lawrence Block (short story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Dujardin ... Richard Malinowski
Laurent Lucas ... Daniel Eckmann
Agnès Blanchot Agnès Blanchot ... Claire Malinowski
Aurélien Recoing ... Josse
Jacques Frantz ... Michel Arnalde
Jean-François Garreaud Jean-François Garreaud ... Salinas
Jean-Pierre Cassel ... Le docteur Delmas
Alexandra Goncalvez Alexandra Goncalvez ... Emilie Malinowski
Claudine Vincent Claudine Vincent ... Catherine Courrieux
Caroline Santini ... Christiane Carlier
Marie Guillard ... Mathilde Josse
Gabriel Mancuso Gabriel Mancuso ... Gabriel Josse
Thierry Bosc Thierry Bosc ... Albin Schneider
Jean-Pierre Germain Jean-Pierre Germain ... Jean-François Perrin
Benjamin Guyot Benjamin Guyot ... Lebars
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Richard is a typical cop who spends too much time on the job and isn't always there for his family. One day as he's preparing to spend some quality time with his young daughter he gets an urgent call and responds to it - when he returns home his daughter is missing, but her body is quickly discovered. Racked with guilt he is also filled with hatred for the man arrested for the crime, but after being sent to prison the convict eventually manages to lure Richard into a secret correspondence. Doubts begin to surface - was he really the guilty man, or could this have been work of another serial child abductor who may have been in the area? Richard launches his own investigation, and finally uncovers a new witness. Gritty detective thriller. Written by Graham Inglis

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Crime | Thriller

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Official Sites:

Matiere Focale.com (French)

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

7 March 2007 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Contragolpe See more »

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Budget:

€7,600,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Very-well made and good suspense, one to watch...
4 August 2008 | by Happy_Evil_DudeSee all my reviews

Through persistent correspondence over the course of three years and new elements in his possession, police captain Malinowski starts to doubt the man convicted for his 10 year old daughter's rape and murder is actually guilty and starts a counter-investigation on his own.

Written and directed by ex-cop Franck Mancuso (also co-writer of the great 36 Quai Des Orfèvres), Contre-Enquête is a very good, well-made film, certainly the best French crime film of 2007 out of those I've seen so far (which include Le Deuxième Soufflé, Chrysalis and ex-top spot holder Pars Vite Et Reviens Tard). So-hot-right-now Jean Dujardin is very good in his first truly serious role I've seen, and the rest of the cast do a good job as well, especially Laurent Lucas as Daniel Eckmann, the convict. The script, based on a short story by Lawrence Block (screenwriter of Wong Kar-Wai's English-language effort My Blueberry Nights) is greatly written and keeps the suspense going and the viewer wondering until the very end. Good crime thriller, check it out if you have the chance.


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