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L'inconnu de Strasbourg (1998)

Following a seemingly accidental death, a lover-on-the-run is struck by amnesia. Why is he then mistaken for the mysterious heir to a fortune in Strasbourg?

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Madeleine Wals
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Jean-Paul
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Bastien
Christian Vadim ...
Audiard
Laurence Masliah ...
Magda
Francis Freyburger ...
Orgel
Jacques Pieiller ...
Robert
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Allumet (as Georges Du Fresnes)
Xavier Boulanger ...
Le docteur Petra
Sonia Hell
Marie Payen ...
Claudia
André Pomarat ...
Le majordome de Vogel
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Ricardo Di Napoli ...
Le médecin
Pierre Diependale ...
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Following a seemingly accidental death, a lover-on-the-run is struck by amnesia. Why is he then mistaken for the mysterious heir to a fortune in Strasbourg?

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19 August 1998 (France)  »

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O Desconhecido de Estrasburgo  »

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The lapse of memory is for scenarists.
15 September 2001 | by See all my reviews

How many times was amnesia used in thrillers?Here,Charles Berling's character is a cross between Michel Auclair's one in "pas de pitié pour les femmes"(1950) and Tom Berenger's one in "shattered" (1990)None of those two works were particularly memorable,but "shattered" provided its fair share of thrills(remember the scene in which Berenger finds back ..his head).

The French attempt is really pitiful.It would have taken writers of Boileau-Narcejac calibre to pull off such a far-fetched story :conspiracies,mystery characters,psychological tension necessitate a concrete script.Here there are enough plot holes to fill the Albert Hall,as the Beatles used to sing.Actors do not seem to believe in what they are playing.At least "shattered " ,if unlikely,followed a logical story.

And ,as far as amnesia is concerned,you will always be better off with Hitchcock's " spellbound",(1945)which remains an unsurpassed model of the genre.If you have not seen this masterpiece yet,please do it!


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