The Black Box (2005)
"La boîte noire" (original title)

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Images flash through Arthur's brain, voices buzz in his mind, uttering disjointed words and sentences. Arthur Seligman seems to have had an accident but did he run over a little boy or not?... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Arthur Seligman
Michel Duchaussoy ...
M. Seligman, le père d'Arthur
Bernard Le Coq ...
Walcott / le docteur Granger
Gérald Laroche ...
Le commissaire Koskas / Marc Koskas
Marisa Bruni Tedeschi ...
Mme Seligman, la mère d'Arthur (as Marysa Borini)
Nathalie Nell ...
Dr. Brenner
Lise Lamétrie ...
La gardienne
Pascal Bongard ...
Steve Campos ...
Arthur Seligman (6 ans)
Hugo Brunswick ...
Yvan Seligman (ado)
Dominique Bettenfeld ...
Policier 1
Le patron du café
Arnaud Maillard ...
Le petit ami de Koskas


Images flash through Arthur's brain, voices buzz in his mind, uttering disjointed words and sentences. Arthur Seligman seems to have had an accident but did he run over a little boy or not? And what was he doing near Cherbourg while he lives in Paris? When he regains consciousness (but does he really?) Isabelle Kruger, a nurse, tells him that he had lapsed into a coma after his accident and that she wrote down all of what he said while he was delirious. She gives him the notebook and Arthur starts investigating...HIMSELF! Written by Guy Bellinger

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Mystery | Thriller


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Release Date:

2 November 2005 (France)  »

Also Known As:

The Black Box  »

Box Office


€8,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,333,596 (France) (4 November 2005)


$2,191,167 (France) (11 November 2005)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS), mentioned by Arthur's doctor, is used to assess and record the level of consciousness of a patient after head injury. Three aspects are noted - the responses of a patient's eyes, his/ her verbal responses and motor responses. A score is generated which ranges from a low of 3 (deep unconsciousness) to 14 (or 15, depending upon which version of the scale is used). The GCS score can be used to give an indication of the level of brain injury (severe <9, moderate 9-12, minor >12). See more »


Written by Gaelle Mechaly and Nathaniel Méchaly
Performed by Gaelle Mechaly
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Visually stunning
4 September 2006 | by (Paris) – See all my reviews

Tearing down a coastal lane, Arthur flies out of the bend only to open his eyes again in hospital. While he was out cold, his unconscious spoke, revealing his hidden self as an emotional Pandora's box. In a dreamy, confused state he battles absurdity to unravel a lingering, youthful trauma.

Visually stunning and cut at video-clip speed, you are in for quite a rush of a film. Oscillating between captivating and horrific, "The Black Box" is really well made. There are countless little examples of beautiful attention to detail scattered around. No doubt because of this attention to detail, the imperfections reveal themselves as well, but they are forgivable. But not all missteps are.

Most importantly, the story-line is not good enough. The film can get away with a somewhat flimsy story for a good hour because of the captivating presentation, but towards the end, it is almost impossible not to be disappointed by the simplistic wrap-up. A real shame, considering the effort which went into this production. Do not hesitate to watch it none the less, as you will be rewarded with plenty an attentive detail and good use of imagery with the unfortunately paranoid José Garcia stuck in the middle.

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