Andrew Garfield, Mahershala Ali, Ruth Negga, and five others received their first-ever acting nominations for 2017. While these actors are new to the Academy Awards, you may recognize them from their earlier work.
This is one of those movies where a Caucasian actor plays an Asian character. In this case Jean Thielment is Monsieur Suzuki, a special agent called in to help find documents relating to oil prospects in time for a conference being held in Versailles.
It's easy to get past the impersonation however, because Thielment and the movie in general are so good. It's a first-rate, albeit low budget, production; the script is sharp and witty with good characters and the actors have the ability to bring them to life. Suzuki has a very short deadline in which to find the documents and this picture moves quickly as he provokes and eliminates his suspects. The score, by Louiguy, is spare and has occasional Oriental flavor, but sticks mostly with conventional and classical motifs.
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