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A Private Affair (2002)

Une affaire privée (original title)
It's been six months since Rachel Siprien disappeared. At the request of Rachel's mother, private detective François takes over the investigation. The young woman, with a complex and ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Walt
Madame Siprien
Frédéric Diefenthal ...
Femme bar de nuit
Sylvie, l'ex de Manéri
Robert Hirsch ...
Vieil homme
Sandrine Pujol
Lydia Andrei ...
Homme Apolus
Consuelo De Haviland ...
Claudine Després, la directrice de l'agence
Le père de Rachel
Marie-Armelle Deguy ...
Nadège, la soeur de Manéri


It's been six months since Rachel Siprien disappeared. At the request of Rachel's mother, private detective François takes over the investigation. The young woman, with a complex and multi-faceted personality, is part of a strange network made up of her best friend, her ex-boyfriend, her stepfather and everyone who knows her well or even slightly. François begins to frequent these various friends and acquaintances, and penetrates Rachel's daytime and nocturnal habitat. He spies, asks disturbing questions, and intentionally fills in the blanks left by those he questions. Written by Polly_Kat

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In France, every 10 minutes a person disappears

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30 April 2002 (France)  »

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$699,906 (France) (10 May 2002)

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2.35 : 1
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References The Long Goodbye (1973) See more »


Une Affaire Privée
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A muddled affair.
22 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

Despite its clichés -the private is obligatory a divorced man,the plaster on his nose directly comes from Polanski's "Chinatown" ,"une affaire privée" has intellect ,atmosphere and even restrained emotion (Aurore Clement's two scenes are moving ) going for it.The first hour is even intriguing,sometimes recalling some famous works such as "Laura" and more obscure flicks such as "Sylvia" .The director,who is also the writer multiplies the characters at such a speed it's very hard to catch up with the plot,and in the second part,everything seems to fall apart ,well before the implausible de rigueur final unexpected twist (we think here of David Fincher's "the game" and "fight club").But the final cast and credits ,for once is worth a watch :it displays all the characters one by one,with a strange smile on their face ,almost disturbing,as if they were telling us "You' ve been had".Despite of its flaws,"une affaire privée" deserves to be watched.

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