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Have Mercy on Us All (2007)
"Pars vite et reviens tard" (original title)

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A modern-day Parisian town crier gradually learns that someone is using him to give cryptic warnings of a plague outbreak in the city.

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Hervé Decambrais / Hervé Ducouëdic
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Laëtitia Lacroix ...
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In Paris, many citizens go to the precinct after the doors of their apartments have been sprayed with a 4 and the letters "clt". When a dweller is found mysteriously dead in his apartment, Detective Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg and his partner Danglard investigate the case and discover that plague may have killed the victim. Meanwhile, in the center of Paris, the former actor Joss Le Guern survives reading advertisements in a square for the public; when he receives weird messages about an outbreak of plague that is coming to Paris, the former professor Hervé Decambrais requests the warnings and goes to the library to research the meaning of the text, where he meets Adamsberg. Together they find that a maniac is killing people using flees contaminated by rats and spreading the disease in the city; without any clue, the police force do not have how to avoid the panic in Paris. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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flawed casting mars otherwise competent police thriller
12 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

French novelist Fred Vargas (female) is adapted for film here.

In this case, the flaws of the film are a reflection of the film maker rather than the source material.

The lead playing Adamsberg is a fine actor, but miscast here. Not enough ragged edges to do justice to the character in the novel. Camille is slighted in the script, and cast as an Asian woman -- not at all how I pictured her.

The cast of potential villains works well, as do most the supporting characters. The action direction is merely competent, not masterful.

Vargas's books are great. Look them up if you can.


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