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La sentinelle (1992)

Mathias, whose dead father was a diplomat in Germany, decides to study the forensic medicine in Paris. In the train, he has some troubles with the border police, and is insulted and ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Emmanuel Salinger ...
Mathias Barillet
Thibault de Montalembert ...
Jean-Jacques
Jean-Louis Richard ...
Bleicher
Valérie Dréville ...
Nathalie
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Marie Barillet
Jean-Luc Boutté ...
Varins
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William
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Macaigne
Fabrice Desplechin ...
Simon
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Claude
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The Priest
László Szabó ...
Pamiat, the Russian (as Laszlo Szabo)
Alexis Nitzer ...
Consul
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Mme. Barillet
Jean-Pierre Ducos ...
Customs Officer
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Mathias, whose dead father was a diplomat in Germany, decides to study the forensic medicine in Paris. In the train, he has some troubles with the border police, and is insulted and threatened by a strange man, who disappeared quickly. Next day, he discovers in his luggage a shrunken human head. He soons becomes fascinated by it, feeling responsible (sentry of the memory of the head's owner) and starts his own investigation. What will leads him to cope with French secret services. Written by Yepok

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16 October 1998 (USA)  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$4,176, 18 October 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,548, 25 October 1998
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Prelude & Allegro
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The pace was slow, but the plot was clever and Mr. Salinger was quite believable in the protagonist's role.
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Seeing this film one time will suffice. It was offbeat and at times a bit morbid, but I stuck with it and was glad I did. Not as slow as Antonioni's "Red Desert," which is my measuring stick for movies that make me want to scream, "Get on with it!" The acting was good with a youthful cast that brought credibility to this Parisian story.


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