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The Adversary (2002)

L'adversaire (original title)
When a man murders his wife, children and parents, the ensuing investigation reveals that he's been living a lie for almost 20 years.

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Jean-Marc Faure
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Christine Faure
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Luc
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Marianne
Alice Fauvet ...
Alice
Martin Jobert ...
Vincent
Michel Cassagne ...
Le père de Jean-Marc
Joséphine Derenne ...
La mère de Jean-Marc
Anne Loiret ...
Cécile
Olivier Cruveiller ...
Jean-Jacques
Nadine Alari ...
La mère de Christine
Nicolas Abraham ...
Xavier
Bernard Fresson ...
Le père de Christine
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Rémi
Muriel Amat
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When a man murders his wife, children and parents, the ensuing investigation reveals that he's been living a lie for almost 20 years.

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28 August 2002 (France)  »

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$2,242,890 (France) (30 August 2002)
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Based on a true story, that of Jean-Claude Romand, who on January 9, 1993, killed his wife, two children and both his parents. See more »

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Amazing film which will leave a lasting impression
7 February 2005 | by (Hong Kong) – See all my reviews

I must admit my French is a little rusty and I could have done with some subtitles so I was having trouble following the first half of the film on DVD. I borrowed it because I think Daniel Auteil is a good actor and had no idea what it was about except something about a man who lives a lie.

I watched it through to the end and recalled reading so many similar true stories in the last few years on cnn.com that I really got a shock by the end. As one of the scriptwriters comments in the extras on the French edition of the DVD says, "those scenes brought the film back into reality".

I found some of the editing a little jarring but perhaps that was intentional. It all makes sense in the end. Interestingly the producer

  • again, on the French edition of the DVD - said that she just wanted


to follow the main character through his life without judging or diagnosing him, so perhaps those of you who know something about psychiatry will have a different perspective.

Stick with it, revel in the details of the film, and hug your family tightly afterwards.


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