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The Black Box (2005)

La boîte noire (original title)
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 Borini ...
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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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)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although the story takes place in Cherbourg, Manche, France, the outdoor hospital scenes were filmed in location in Granville, Manche, France, a hundred kilometers from Cherbourg. See more »


Written by Gaelle Mechaly and Nathaniel Méchaly
Performed by Gaelle Mechaly
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Berry give us a poor movie, badly directed...but with, as usual, a good performance for Garcia.
16 May 2006 | by (Liège,Belgium) – See all my reviews

Neither thriller (or very poor), nor fantastic (or missing the point), nor absolutely nothing maybe hardly an involuntary turnip...

It's beautiful to care about the shape of a picture, it's even great when we make it well and the greatest stuff it's when we've got a rather solid story... now it's not the case here, the shape is soooo bad, traveling used like amateur, pretty bad effects (see it to believe), overbids of camera movements, thanks to the director for the bad use of the provided means. When you try to make a Fincher's like, well you put all your guts in it, or do it à la classical way, we even have difficulty in being moved by the loud failure at the box office, at least the producers will think twice before giving money to Berry, especially when he tries to put on life a story so stupid. The whole would have been able to make a parody of Lynch but not at all, just a poor story too conventional, it tries to make too much with the heaviness of an elephant, let us not forget the flat and phoned development and you see them coming like hurricane, sterile intrigue with no big sense but the best is the funny finale, just stupid and miserable. I can't imagine how hard the scriptwriter of Memento will laugh by looking this failure. The themes and their so-called symbolism (such as the guilt and love) are treated without sharpness with " the elegance of a bulldozer ", all themes giving without any serious psychology, it's like heard some people at the counter of a pub on a Saturday night. We shall note Garcia's fine interpretation, a baaad from Cotillard (as usual, bah, when we aren't an actress it's more difficult) and poor Lecoq who, no chance buddy, had to play an improbable and ridiculous character.

This gives a bad B movies to put in "nanards"(ridiculous movies) of a conceited French cinema more and more sterile by trying to give itself some effects but finish like pure garbage.

what a waste of time and money

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