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By the Pricking of My Thumbs (2005)
"Mon petit doigt m'a dit..." (original title)

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The Beresfords investigate mysterious deaths at an old people's home.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rose Evangelista
Laurent Terzieff ...
Maître Anet / Monsieur Sévigné
Françoise Blayes
Bernard Verley ...
Le général
Alexandra Stewart ...
Mme Boscovan
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 ...
Le curé


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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Release Date:

13 April 2005 (France)  »

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By the Pricking of My Thumbs  »

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€5,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,568,127 (France) (22 April 2005)


$24,538 (Belgium) (20 May 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 »


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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Sedate, dull and unsuspenseful (but pretty to look at)
8 August 2007 | by See all my reviews

How is it possible to make a dull film from an Agatha Christie novel? Try this method: keep the mystery vague and the answers poorly explained, REMOVE any sense of SUSPENSE or URGENCY, and add that insufferable talkiness that plagues many French pictures. Voila! This is probably the most boring, sedate Agatha Christie adaptation I've seen so far. Of course, I was not expecting another "Death On The Nile" or "Evil Under The Sun" (especially when in the place of Hercule Poirot you have two middle-aged amateur sleuths), but I was not expecting to be totally indifferent to the outcome of a story coming from the Queen of murder mysteries either! The only good points of this film are the beautiful, vividly photographed French country locations and the fairly engaging performances of Catherine Frot and André Dussollier. (*)

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