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30 June 1995 (UK) See more »
In September 1938 a British detective comes to a small French coastal town in order to investigate the death of a colleague... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Adrian Dunbar ... Alan Cross
Florence Hoath ... Angela Cross
Sophie Aubry ... Solange Montfort

Joanna Lumley ... Lady Helena Graves

Gabrielle Anwar ... Celia Graves

Alexis Denisof ... Christopher Wood

Stephen Dorff ... Jeremy Graves

Marianne Denicourt ... Maud Graves

Melvil Poupaud ... Louis Bernard

Bernard Haller ... Georges Montfort
Rosalind Bennett ... Janet Blain

Keira Knightley ... Young Celia
Tobias Saunders ... Celia's Brother #1
Robin Saunders ... Celia's Brother #2
Charles Duron ... Beach Boy
Michel Winogradoff ... Albert

Yvon Back ... Inspector Talmi
Alexandra Monvoisin ... Zaza
Marianne Segol ... Gigi
Tatjana Verdonik ... Maud's Mother
Oskar Freitag ... Maud's Father
Alan Ross ... Station Clerk
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Donal McCann ... Joe Green (uncredited)

Directed by
Patrick Dewolf 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Agatha Christie  novel "Towards Zero" (uncredited)
Kerry Crabbe 
Patrick Dewolf 

Produced by
Philippe Carcassonne .... associate producer
Daniel Delume .... line producer
Philippe Guez .... producer
Simon Perry .... producer
Original Music by
Alexandre Desplat 
Cinematography by
Patrick Blossier (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Joëlle Hache 
Chris Wimble 
Casting by
Swan Pham 
Production Design by
Bernd Lepel 
Costume Design by
Tom Rand 
Makeup Department
Clarisse Domine .... key makeup artist
Peter King .... makeup artist
Production Management
Sylvain Bouladoux .... assistant unit manager
Richard Lalonde .... production manager
Antoine Vierny .... assistant unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vincent Canaple .... first assistant director
Peter Heslop .... assistant director
Art Department
Graham Ellis .... assistant art director
Amanda Grenville .... set dresser
Jonathan Hurst .... props
Boris Piot .... swing gang
Sound Department
Don Banks .... boom operator
Harry Barnes .... dialogue editor
John Hayward .... re-recording mixer
Kevin Jacobs .... assistant sound engineer
Colin Ritchie .... supervising sound editor
Ivan Sharrock .... production sound mixer
Alan Snelling .... foley recordist
Michael Stevens .... assistant sound engineer
Richard Pryke .... assistant re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Pete Hanson .... studio manager: CFC (as Peter Hanson)
Wolfgang Lempp .... software development: CFC
Jim Machin .... model maker
Mark Nelmes .... digital special effects designer: CFC
Alison O'Brien .... digital special effects producer: CFC
Rémi Canaple .... stunts
Patrick Cauderlier .... stunt coordinator
Patrick Cauderlier .... stunts
Roland Neunreuther .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Pascal Ridao .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sally Turner .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Paul Ensby .... film color grader
Mike Fraser .... negative cutter
Tony Tromp .... assistant editor
Music Department
Mark Berrow .... musician: violin
William Boulton .... orchestra leader
Antoine Cambourakis .... synthesizer recording
Simon Chamberlain .... musician: piano duet
Simon Chamberlain .... musician: stride piano
Alexandre Desplat .... musician: piano duet
Alexandre Desplat .... musician: stride piano
Alexandre Desplat .... orchestrations
Leonore Hall .... musician: solo piano
John Harle .... musician: soprano saxophone solo
Matt Howe .... additional score mixing engineer
Paul Talkington .... orchestral manager
John Timperley .... music sound engineer
Allan Wilson .... conductor
Other crew
Dennis Davidson .... Public relations
Marie McFerran .... production coordinator
Charlie Raedle .... craft service
Claudine Raedle .... craft service
Deryn Stafford .... production coordinator
Mark Warrick .... assistant: Ray Williams

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Australia:88 min | Spain:87 min | UK:88 min | Argentina:88 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Dolby SR (as Dolby Stereo SR) | Stereo (as Dolby Stereo SR)
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15 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Tries WAAAAY Too Hard...., 14 June 2006
Author: b_clerkin from New York

Is it a war movie? Is it film noir? Is it cheap titillation? A deep exploration of complex and controversial relationships? This film cannot decide what it is and so, as another person noted, must require several viewings in order to make sense. Sadly, it is just not compelling enough to warrant multiple viewings - unlike other films that ARE rich with complex themes and artistic vision.

The actors valiantly try to overcome the morass that is the script - but were probably as annoyed as the rest of us at the myriad loose threads that never tie up.

Adrian Dunbar portrays the frustration of someone tempted and confused by things around him - he must be the avatar for the viewer. Stephen Dorff offers another workmanlike portrayal of your friendly neighborhood rebel without a clue. Gabrielle Anwar, who is usually a fine actor, is stuck with a character whose neuroses become tedious and irritating by the end of the film. Joanna Lumley escapes caricature by a false eyelash and looks luminous in the period fashions. The rest of the cast are superfluous at best and annoying distractions at worst, doing nothing to advance the story. They and the plot lines that involve them do not even qualify as decent red herrings.

The cinematography is lovely - very atmospheric and evocative of the era - as are the costumes and staging.

Unfortunately, Dewolf's grasp at Art exceeded his reach and no amount of plot devices can make this murky movie anything more than a mild diversion. Perhaps the fault lies with the editing - which would explain the subplots that disappear and other senseless oddities. A tighter script, a focused plot, and less cheap titillation would have permitted this talented cast to fully engage the viewer in a riveting mystery flick.

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