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28 August 2002 (France) See more »
When a man murders his wife, children and parents, the ensuing investigation reveals that he's been living a lie for almost 20 years. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Daniel Auteuil ... Jean-Marc Faure

Géraldine Pailhas ... Christine Faure

François Cluzet ... Luc

Emmanuelle Devos ... 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

François Berléand ... Rémi
Muriel Amat
Arié Arichi
Humbert Balsan ... Dr. Michel Philippot
Marie Barronet
Anne Benoît

Roberto Bestazzoni
Sibylle Blanc
Sylvie Blotnikas
Patricia Bopp
Catherine Chevallier
Paola Comis
Maimouna Coulibaly
Catherine Epars
François Germond
Arnaud Guenet
Valérie Kéruzoré
Jean-Claude Leguay ... Le magistrat à la déposition
Judith Marouani
Bernard Nissile
Christian Pageault
Hubert Saint-Macary ... Dr. Lantier
Ian Smith
Marc Tissot
Théodule Carré-Cassaigne ... Child (as Théodul Carré-Cassaigne)
Zéphirin Carré-Cassaigne ... Child
Zoé Carré-Cassaigne ... Child

Corentin Daumas ... Child
Florent Delaunoy ... Child (as Florian Delaunoy)
Romain Dreyfus ... Child
Augustin Jacquet ... Child
Audrey Lavirotte ... Child
Aristide Renting ... Child
Isidore Renting ... Child
Pippa Schallier ... Child
Fanny Winter ... Child
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sébastien Thiery ... Family member (uncredited)

Directed by
Nicole Garcia 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Frédéric Bélier-Garcia 
Emmanuel Carrère  novel
Jacques Fieschi 
Nicole Garcia 

Produced by
Christine Gozlan .... executive producer
Andres Martin .... associate producer
Alain Sarde .... producer
Ruth Waldburger .... associate producer
Original Music by
Angelo Badalamenti 
Cinematography by
Jean-Marc Fabre 
Film Editing by
Emmanuelle Castro 
Casting by
Frédérique Moidon 
Production Design by
Véronique Barnéoud 
Thierry Flamand 
Costume Design by
Nathalie du Roscoat 
Makeup Department
Patrick Girault .... key hair stylist
Leticia Rochaix .... makeup artist
Production Management
Jean-Jacques Albert .... production manager
Helene Glabeke .... post-production supervisor
François Menny .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marie Barronet .... third assistant director
Olivier Horlait .... first assistant director
Joseph Rapp .... second assistant director
Charles Senard .... second second assistant director
Isabelle Vossart .... third assistant director
Art Department
Stéphane Cressend .... property master
Jacky Hardouin .... carpenter
Bernadette Saint Loubert .... set dresser
Christine Teulier .... property master
Gilles Tissot .... set dresser
Cecile Vatelot .... set dresser
Sound Department
Jean-Pierre Duret .... sound
Dominique Eyraud .... boom operator
Stéphanie Granel .... sound
Eric Grattepain .... foley artist
Jean-Pierre Laforce .... sound
Nicolas Moreau .... sound
Stephane Rabeau .... conform editor
Annick Raoul .... dialogue editor
Stéphane Thiébaut .... sound re-recording mixer
Gilles Conseil .... stunts
David Genty .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
Blaise Bauquis .... grip
Philippe Canu .... grip
Emilie de la Hosseraye .... still photographer
Nicolas Le Gal .... assistant camera
Nicolas Ragetly .... crane technician grip
Luc Reyrolle .... electrician
Jan Rubens .... steadicam operator
Benjamin Speyer .... crane technician
Christian Weyers .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tess Hammami .... costumer
Paule Mangenot .... costumer
Paule Mangenot .... key costumer
Editorial Department
Nicolas Criqui .... digital conformation
Aude Humblet .... colorist
Isabelle Julien .... color timer
Carlos Pinto .... apprentice editor
Philippe Reinaudo .... digital intermediate technical director
Philippe Tourret .... post-production coordinator
Music Department
Valérie Lindon .... music producer
Other crew
Marie-Jo Duchemin .... production assistant
Agnès Feuvre .... script supervisor
Charles Senard .... additional location scout: Paris

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"L'adversaire" - France (original title)
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129 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Why (Not) Brazil? (2004)See more »


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20 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Immediately you know what has happened and still you keep watching it until the end, 18 May 2005
Author: Philip Van der Veken from Tessenderlo, Belgium

Once in a while you come across a movie about which you know from the first moment on what has happened and still you aren't able to turn it off or to switch to another channel. You keep watching, because you want to know everything about it. Why that is, I don't know, but I find it very intriguing and I guess it only proves the quality of these movies.

"L'Adversaire" or "The Adversary" is such a movie. From the first moment on you know that Daniel Auteuil's character Jean-Marc Faure has done something terrible to his family. You know he has murdered his wife and children, but you don't know why. Only when you keep watching until the end you'll see that the man has been living a lie for the past twenty years and that he wasn't able anymore to continue like that. He had made everybody believe that he was a successful doctor, working for a prestigious medical institution. Next to his 'dayjob' he also invested money for his friends and relatives, which in reality he used to live on, buying his family more expensive homes and cars, and sustaining a young mistress for himself. But eventually people wanted to see some returns on their investments or wanted to withdraw large sums that he couldn't possibly give them. So he kept stalling and putting them off until he ran totally out of options and his whole world came crashing down ... resulting in his final, chilling act of desperation.

What perhaps is even the most chilling thing about this movie is that it has been based on true events. Yes, if you turn on the news, you regularly get to hear news about a father who has murdered his entire family because they were in big financial problems, but it is never shown in so much detail as it is in this movie. In this movie you get to see, thanks to a complex series of flashbacks, the investigation after the murder, showing how he starts getting into trouble until he has only one option left. I'm pretty sure that a lot of people had to swallow a couple of times when seeing it all and I admit that I was one of them.

Next to the chilling story, the acting is something else that deserves noticing. I'm not very familiar with these actors, but they all did a nice job. Especially Daniel Auteuil (the only actor that I have heard of before), who is absolutely terrific. He has managed to help you understand why the man did it, without saying that what the man did was right or wrong. I'm not saying that you'll like the man, but you'll understand him and that's something very special for a movie like this one. All in all this is some very powerful cinema like you don't get to see it very often. Even if you aren't too familiar with the director or with the actors, even when you aren't used to watch foreign movies, you still should give this one a try. It certainly deserves it. I reward this movie with an 8/10.

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