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Alexander von Paczensky,
Arrested, Ugo Tognazzi is being taken to Central by Michel Piccoli and Mario Adorf
"La Faille" is an excellent picture. It's got suspense, surprises, a novel story, insights and momentum that carries you right along. If you looked at its dialog without seeing the picture, you might think it's kind of a sarcastic comedy; and it does have a sarcastic strain that runs through it. But when you see what's happening on screen, you get an entirely different feeling, one of seriousness.
I watched a widescreen version in French with decent English subtitles. The story was filmed in Athens. The story's location could be any country that has a police state and a secret service that's powerful.
The three main stars are all strong. Ugo Tognazzi plays a man who is arrested by a secret police service. He's accused of being part of a group against the state. He's being transported to Central Headquarters by Michel Piccoli and Mario Adorf. The trip involves a number of incidents that make the film something like a road movie. These incidents are serious but they also include some light touches of which Tognazzi is highly capable. The man who is the immediate head of Piccoli and Adorf is played by Dimos Starenios. His role is important too. Among other things, he provides the philosophy of the police state.
There is no need to reveal more. I will only say that the story is thoroughly engaging. It's offbeat because it's illustrating police state methods and their effects on people in and out of the secret service like Tognazzi, Piccoli and Adorf. This is hardly common subject matter.
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