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A Mere Mortal (1991)

Simple mortel (original title)
A young man, a researcher in ancient languages, begins to receive strange radio messages in a language only he knows. The messages ask him for very bizarre missions. Eventually, he ... See full summary »

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Philippe Volter ...
Stéphane
Christophe Bourseiller ...
Fabien
Nathalie Roussel ...
Brigitte
Roland Giraud ...
L'expert
Maaike Jansen ...
La psychanalyste
Marcel Maréchal ...
L'homme du parking
Arlette Thomas ...
La concierge
Michel Lengliney ...
Le médecin
Denise Guillard ...
L'infirmière
Daniel Schropfer ...
Le chauffeur du taxi
Jean-Pierre Vincent ...
L'autre chauffeur
Daniel Milgram ...
Le patron du bar
Assani Chapi ...
Le Pakistanais
Gérard Touratier ...
Un client du bar
Gérard Douarin ...
Un client du bar
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A young man, a researcher in ancient languages, begins to receive strange radio messages in a language only he knows. The messages ask him for very bizarre missions. Eventually, he understands that he's just a pawn in an intergalactic game, and that the fate of Earth depends on him. Written by Anonymous

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28 August 1991 (France)  »

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Minimalist SF thriller !
12 March 2000 | by (Paris, France) – See all my reviews

Let's keep it simple : this movie has no special effects at all; few characters and just sheer intelligence to its credits. The story could be out of a "Twilight Zone" episodes : a translator receives coded messages in ancient languages, giving him orders he must obey to in order to save the whole planet. The suspense really grows up as this "simple mortal" has to fulfil increasingly difficult missions as a pawn in a galactic game.

Pierre Jolivet is maybe one of the best and most underrated filmmakers of its time, along with Spain's Julio Medem, and this straightforward, honest, thrilling movie is definitely a must-see for everyone who likes storytelling and characterisations better than expensive cheap (!) effects. Of course, being French, this movie was ignored by the mainstream critics and vilified by the specialised ones. One day, maybe, it will be given a second chance


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