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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
Manuel Swieton .... construction coordinator
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:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

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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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
The life and the tragic end of a lyer and his family, 9 September 2002
Author: Germain from Paris, France

This movie is adapted from a true story, the one of Jean-Claude Roman, a man who made his family and friends believe for 18 years that he was a searcher at the OAS when he didn't even had a job. For 18 long years, he had been crooking his parents and fooling his relations till he finally got discovered. He then killed his wife, children, mother and father. Revealing the end of this story won't bother the appreciation of this movie, since it's a well known news item in France that deeply moved the population in the 90's. As a matter of fact, the story is fascinating enough to make the script interesting and that is the main problem of the film. It relies almost essentially on the unbelievable destiny of Jean-Marc Faure and the performance of Daniel Auteuil, one the best French actors actors actually. His acting is sober and at some moments is approaching madness with convincing realism. But the staging and the whole ambiance remain cold and distant as if there was since the beginning a shift between Faure and the others. This creates an embarrassment that keep us from understanding him.

Anyway, it is worth seeing this movie, above all if you don't know the story yet. The only fact to know that this really happened makes you watch it with interest. Another movie was made upon this story, `L'emploi du temps' by Laurent Cantet.

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