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By the Pricking of My Thumbs (2005)

Mon petit doigt m'a dit... (original title)
The Beresfords investigate mysterious deaths at an old people's home.

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Rose Evangelista
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Maître Anet / Monsieur Sévigné
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Françoise Blayes
Bernard Verley ...
Le général
Alexandra Stewart ...
Mme Boscovan
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Marie-Christine
François Bettens ...
Rudi (Marie-Christine's husband)
Françoise Seigner ...
Tante Ada Beresford
Elisabeth Macocco ...
Mme Pacard
Isabelle Giami ...
Melle Aupic
Hervé Pierre ...
Docteur Mauroy
Alexandre Pesle ...
L'enseigne-vaisseau Boulanger
André Thorent ...
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Prudence and Belisaire are what can be called an eccentric couple. How can you bear such impossible Christian (?) names in the first place? There must be no other Belisaire in France ; as for Prudence there are few more imprudent ladies than she is ! Just imagine : Belisaire is both a colonel in the military secret service and a past master at ... ironing ! And Prudence, not very inclined to be the model mother, prefers playing the amateur detective. Unsurprisingly, when several pensioners of an old people's home start dying mysteriously, Prudence is only to happy to leave daughter, son-in-law and grandkids behind in her beautiful home to follow the trail of adventure. Written by Guy Bellinger

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13 April 2005 (France)  »

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€5,300,000 (estimated)

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$1,568,127 (France) (22 April 2005)
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The song sung by Prudence and Belisaire is an aria ("Je crois entendre encore") from the opera by Georges Bizet, "Les pêcheurs de perles" (1863). It is heard again in the sequel "Le crime est notre affaire" but with no plot importance. See more »

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Le curé: I also happen to say things I don't understand.
Prudence Beresford: Nothing alarming in your case: you're a priest.
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Followed by Crime Is Our Business (2008) See more »

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Tommy,Tuppence (sorry Prudence),Rose and the queen of spade
21 October 2007 | by See all my reviews

Preceding the made-for -TV English version-which oddly also features Miss Marple ;anyway it's part of a Marple miniseries;to my knowledge ,Christie never put her three sleuths together in her novels or short stories-,this Pascal Thomas made-in-France Christie is much fun to watch.

Tommy and Tuppence (her name was changed ;anyway it was a nickname "two pence" which meant "Quat'sous" ),unlike MIss Marple ,appeared when they were young and they grew old with the novels and the writer.

"Mon Petit Doigt m'a dit" casts Catherine Frot and André Dussolier as the leads ,but it has a dream of a cast:it's a joy to see again Laurent Terzieff ,Alexandra Stewart,Genevieve Bujold (Whom I did not recognize)and Bernard Verley.The lines are generally witty ,with a good sense of humor (I particularly dig the lines about the sponges in the home for retired people)which anyway was present (albeit subdued) in Christie's works.Pascal Thomas has found a good way of renewing Christie's novels.After two good works ("murder on the orient express" and "death on the Nile") ,the theatrically released films lacked tempo and got too often bogged down into endless questionings and investigations,which was quite good in the books,but which became boring on the screen.Almost entirely filmed on location,on the banks of the Leman lake,with plenty of characters ,some sinister-looking ,and a dash of supernatural thrown in for good measure.There is often something eerie in Christie's books ,with that feeling of déja vu (Miss Marple's last case had something of this kind).

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