MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 18,101 this week

I Saw Ben Barka Get Killed (2005)
"J'ai vu tuer Ben Barka" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  2 November 2005 (France)
6.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.0/10 from 257 users  
Reviews: 4 user | 16 critic

My name is Georges Figon. Okay I'm dead but, being the talkative kind, death isn't going to stop me from speaking. Yes, I'm a shady individual. Sure I have links with the underworld and ... See full summary »

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 288 titles
created 21 Oct 2011
 
a list of 1613 titles
created 31 Dec 2011
 
a list of 7853 titles
created 08 Nov 2013
 
a list of 28 titles
created 17 Nov 2013
 
a list of 375 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: I Saw Ben Barka Get Killed (2005)

I Saw Ben Barka Get Killed (2005) on IMDb 6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of I Saw Ben Barka Get Killed.

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Paul is young, just demobbed from national service in the French Army, and dishillusioned with civilian life. As his girlfriend builds herself a career as a pop singer, Paul becomes more ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Stars: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Chantal Goya, Marlène Jobert
Stolen Kisses (1968)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

After being discharged from the army, Antoine Doinel centers a screwball comedy where he applies for different jobs and tries to make sense of his relationships with women.

Director: François Truffaut
Stars: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Claude Jade, Delphine Seyrig
Irma Vep (1996)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A Chinese movie actress, in France to star in a remake of "Les Vampires", finds petty intrigues and clashing egos on the set.

Director: Olivier Assayas
Stars: Maggie Cheung, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Nathalie Richard
Crime | Thriller | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Nicolas, a handsome, young waiter, is befriended by Frédéric Delamont, a wealthy middle-aged businessman. Delamont, a man of power, influence and strictly refined tastes, is immediately ... See full summary »

Director: Bernard Rapp
Stars: Bernard Giraudeau, Jean-Pierre Lorit, Florence Thomassin
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Antoine Doinel is now more than thirty. He divorces from Christine. He is a proofreader, and is in love with Sabine, a record seller. Colette, his teenager love, is now a lawyer. She buys ... See full summary »

Director: François Truffaut
Stars: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Claude Jade, Marie-France Pisier
Wild Grass (2009)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A wallet lost and found opens the door to romantic adventure for Georges and Marguerite. After examining the ID papers of its owner, it is not a simple matter for Georges to turn the red ... See full summary »

Director: Alain Resnais
Stars: André Dussollier, Sabine Azéma, Anne Consigny
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An episode in the life of Nikander, a garbage man, involving the death of a coworker, a love affair and much more.

Director: Aki Kaurismäki
Stars: Matti Pellonpää, Kati Outinen, Sakari Kuosmanen
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An exodus to a better life in Eira

Director: Aki Kaurismäki
Stars: Timo Eränkö, Kari Heiskanen, Asmo Hurula
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

When a young street vendor with a grim home life meets a woman on her way to Paris, they forge an instant connection. He changes all the clocks in Taipei to French time; as he watches ... See full summary »

Director: Ming-liang Tsai
Stars: Kang-sheng Lee, Shiang-chyi Chen, Yi-Ching Lu
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Jacques Laurent made pornographic films in the 1970's and '80's, but had put that aside for 20 years. His artistic ideas, born of the '60's counter-culture, had elevated the entire genre. ... See full summary »

Director: Bertrand Bonello
Stars: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Jérémie Renier, Dominique Blanc
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Set in the summer of 1942 during WWII, the film traces the trajectory of simple people thrown into extraordinary lives, revealing the heart-warming flame of hope and humanity that endures, ... See full summary »

Director: Dominique Cabrera
Stars: Miou-Miou, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Morgan Marinne
Paris Awakens (1991)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Adrien is 19 years old. He has not met his father, Clément for 4 years. Adrien returns home and the two try to better understand each other... See full synopsis »

Director: Olivier Assayas
Stars: Judith Godrèche, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Thomas Langmann
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
Fabienne Babe ...
Anne-Marie Coffinet
...
Azize Kabouche ...
Chtouki
François Hadji-Lazaro ...
Le Ny
Jean-Marie Winling ...
Maître Pierre Lemarchand
Franck Tiozzo ...
Jo Prestia ...
Dubail
José María Blanco ...
Juge
Georges Bigot ...
Rony Kramer ...
Xavier Serrat ...
Voitot
Edit

Storyline

My name is Georges Figon. Okay I'm dead but, being the talkative kind, death isn't going to stop me from speaking. Yes, I'm a shady individual. Sure I have links with the underworld and other dark forces. But luring Ben Barka, the Moroccan opposition leader, into a trap was mainly an opportunity for me to become a great movie producer. Nothing political about it. Just the big money. And my girlfriend, actress Anne-Marie Coffinet, will become a star thanks to me. I have already been able to sign Georges Franju as the director,Marguerite Duras as the scriptwriter and Ben Barka as the technical advisor of a film that will never be. What I didn't know is that I had hired the Grim Reaper as the Nemesis... Written by Guy Bellinger

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

|

Release Date:

2 November 2005 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Ben Barka gyilkosság  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(uncut)

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

One of the characters mentions reading 'Buck John'. These are a series of western adventures published in France, with the full title 'Buck John le bayard de Far West'. The English versions were published under the title 'Buck Jones' by Cowboy Comics (a Fleetway publication). They are based on the silent movie star, Buck Jones. Prior to his death, he had given permission for his name to be used in a comic book series. The series ran until around 1953 (USA) and was a important source of income for his widow Odille. See more »

Goofs

When Figon shows Anne-Marie his gun, the position of his hand on the gun varies depending up whether the shot is from her point of view or his. See more »

Connections

Features The Mad Masters (1955) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Would-be film producer Berling tells story of the disappearance and death of Ben Barka
14 November 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Mehdi Ben Barka was a 45-year old Moroccan politician who was abducted on Oct. 29, 1965 in front of the Brasserie Lip on Boulevard St. Germain by two French agents. He never was seen or heard from thereafter.

One may look upon "I Saw Ben Barka Killed" as a suspenseful political noir that attempts to weave all the known facts into a plausible reconstruction of the actual events surrounding this murder. It will help in appreciating the film to understand its factual basis and the close historical relations between France and the North African lands that it colonized in north and west Africa, such as Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria.

It is known that the assassination plot was led by Muhammed Oufkir who was Morocco's Minister of the Interior and Head of Secret Services. He was tried and convicted in absentia. In 1972 he died as a result of a coup attempt. Other participants have died or been killed off. The French have not opened their files on this case.

An earlier more fictionalized version of these events is "L'Attentat" (The Assassination), which is also a very good film with a top-notch cast but one that should be seen in its nearly two-hour version.

This version focuses more on Berling's character and far less on Barka's character as in "L'Attentat". Berling is an ex-con who is a fast-talking nervous sort of fellow who has made contacts in the movie business as a film producer. He becomes a pawn in Oufkir's plot to abduct Barka. The story is told in such a way that, unless one knows what it's about at the outset, one is plunged into a bit of a maelstrom of Berling's life, his contacts and his acquaintances. One of the outstanding characters is that of Jean-Pierre Leaud, playing the director Georges Franju, who thinks he is to be directing a film about colonization. Berling's entourage includes an actress that he butters up, a screenwriter, some heavies, and Ben Barka as technical adviser. Berling is very much concerned with money and then saving his skin as the situation he is in spins out of control.

Political conspiracy, as in "The Parallax View", is often an ingredient in political noirs. People find themselves trapped in situations beyond their control, and then they struggle against unknown forces, often without any success.

This movie is told in a fractionated way that places us as viewers somewhat in the same confused position as Berling's character. It will hold up and be intriguing with multiple viewings.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss I Saw Ben Barka Get Killed (2005) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?