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24 January 2007 (Belgium) See more »
A modern-day Parisian town crier gradually learns that someone is using him to give cryptic warnings of a plague outbreak in the city. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

José Garcia ... Le commissaire Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg

Lucas Belvaux ... Danglard

Marie Gillain ... Marie

Olivier Gourmet ... Joss Le Guern
Nicolas Cazalé ... Damas

Linh Dan Pham ... Camille

Michel Serrault ... Hervé Decambrais / Hervé Ducouëdic
Nadine Alari ... Clémentine / Grandmother of Damas
Sophie Aubry ... Eva
Félicité N'Gijol ... Lisbeth
Jean-Gilles Barbier ... Favre

Philippe Bas ... Maurel
Laëtitia Lacroix ... Retancourt
Dominique Bettenfeld ... Castillon
Stéphane Butet ... Kernokian
Jean-Pierre Becker ... Voisinet
Jean-Michel Noirey ... Roubaud

Grégory Gadebois ... Bordenave (as Gregory Gadebois)
Alain Fromager ... Langlois
Mathias Mlekuz ... Cazalas
Marie-Armelle Deguy ... Professeur Mathalon

Jean-Philippe Puymartin ... Brezillon
Lana Ettinger ... Marianne Bardou
Florence Muller ... Maryse
Raphaël Poulain ... Blanchet
Jean-Marie Juan ... Massena
Éric Périssé ... Gauthier (as Eric Perissé)
Fabio Tonello ... Damas enfant
Daniel Kenigsberg ... Bertin
Esther Sironneau ... Isabelle
Arnaud Maillard ... Frédéric
Laurent Richard ... Homme '16'
Marc Robert ... Estalère
Emmanuel Vottero ... Marmot
Grégory Montel ... Journaliste 2
Grégoire Taulère ... Journaliste 3
Sophie Le Tellier ... Journaliste AFP
Frédéric Jardin ... François Heller-Devile
Norbert Haberlick ... Policier immeuble
Roméo Escala ... Photographe
Victoria Beauval ... Adèle
Marie Parouty ... Femme 1
Emma-Louise Marsal ... Lucie
Myriam Moszko ... Concierge
Jacques Collard ... Gardien Marianne
Cécile Sanz de Alba ... Femme flic
Geneviève Rey-Penchenat ... Madame Marmot (as Geneviève Penchenat)
Serpentine Teyssier ... Bibliothécaire
Satya Dusaugey ... Ami Damas 1
Justin Blanckaert ... Ami Damas 2

Garance Le Guillermic ... Lucie Danglard
Nicolas Balourdet ... Cédric Danglard
Pierre Balourdet ... Matthieu Danglard
Titouan Laporte ... Victor Danglard
Alexandre Chielens ... Lucas Danglard
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Laurent Rochard
Eric Soubelet ... Un inspecteur

Directed by
Régis Wargnier 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ariane Fert  adaptation
Ariane Fert  scenario
Harriet Marin  adaptation
Harriet Marin  scenario
Julien Rappeneau  adaptation
Julien Rappeneau  scenario
Lawrence Shore  adaptation
Lawrence Shore  scenario
Fred Vargas  novel "Pars vite et reviens tard"
Régis Wargnier  adaptation
Régis Wargnier  scenario

Produced by
Grégory Barrey .... assistant producer
Cyril Colbeau-Justin .... producer
Jean-Baptiste Dupont .... producer
Nina Heyns .... line producer: South Africa
Original Music by
Patrick Doyle 
Cinematography by
Laurent Dailland 
Film Editing by
Yann Malcor 
Casting by
Pierre-Jacques Bénichou 
Production Design by
Olivier Radot 
Art Direction by
Frédéric Bénard 
Costume Design by
Elisabeth Rousseau 
Makeup Department
Patrick Girault .... key hair stylist
Liliane Rametta .... makeup artist
Production Management
Jean-Charles Berlan .... assistant unit manager
Edouard Decker .... assistant unit manager
David Giordano .... production manager
Valentin Jacob .... trainee unit manager
David Massicot .... assistant unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sophie Berger Forestier .... second assistant director
Carole Breteau .... third assistant director
George Every .... first assistant director
Ollivier Guytard .... first assistant director: second unit
Marjorie Marramaque .... second assistant director: second unit
Eliot Mathews .... second assistant director
Louis-Julien Petit .... assistant director (as Julien Petit)
Art Department
Jérôme Billa .... props
Arnaud Chauvin .... props
Nicolas Decaux .... carpenter
Tristan Girault .... property master
Baptiste Magis .... infographist
Sound Department
Benoît Biral .... sound re-recording mixer
François Lepeuple .... foley artist
James McWilliam .... programmer
Hubert Persat .... assistant sound editor
Franco Piscopo .... sound mixer
Stephane Rabeau .... assistant sound editor
Guillaume Sciama .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Olivier Afonso .... special effects makeup
Guillaume Castagné .... special effects makeup
Philippe Hubin .... special effects supervisor
Frédéric Lainé .... special effects makeup
Jean-Christophe Magnaud .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Benjamin Ageorges .... digital artist
Stephane Bidault .... visual effects supervisor
Nicolas Delbecq .... digital artist
Jean-Antoine Lacolle .... digital artist
Adrien Servadio .... digital artist
Virginie Arnaud .... stunts
Christian Bergner .... stunts
Vincent Bersoulle .... stunts
Sybille Blouin .... stunts
Michel Bouis .... stunts
William Cagnard .... stunts
Gilles Conseil .... stunt coordinator
Sylvain Gabet .... stunts
David Genty .... stunts
Jean Girard .... stunts
Alain Grellier .... stunts
Alain Guerillot .... stunts
Jean-Benoit Guillon .... stunts
Pascal Guégan .... stunts
Philippe Guégan .... stunts
David Julienne .... stunts
Michel Julienne .... stunts
Pascal Lavanchy .... stunts
Grégory Loffredo .... stunt double (as Gregory Loffredo)
Grégory Loffredo .... stunts (as Gregory Loffredo)
Christophe Marsaud .... stunts (as Christopher Marsaud)
Philippe Morel .... stunts
Patrick Médioni .... stunts
Julien Piguet .... stunt driver
Sébastien Seveau .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Ashley Bond .... first assistant camera
Ashley Bond .... steadicam focus puller
Julien Cottret .... additional grip
Marie Decourt .... second assistant camera
Gil Fontbonne .... key grip
Arnaud Gervet .... second assistant camera
Arnaud Gervet .... video assistant
Bruno Glasberg .... electrician
Stuart Howell .... Steadicam operator
Stuart Howell .... camera operator: "a" camera
Eléonore Huisse .... additional assistant camera
David Koskas .... still photographer
Océane Lavergne .... first assistant camera
Johan Lecomte .... grip
Maud Lemaistre .... additional first assistant camera
Théo Louis Jean .... grip
Farès Messaoud .... additional video assistant
Pascal Pajaud .... gaffer
Jean-Baptiste Perrin .... electrician
Thierry Ramanana .... grip
Patrick Rebatel .... gaffer
Etienne Saldés .... key grip
Nicolas Sommermeyer .... best boy grip
Frédéric Thurot .... electrician
Casting Department
Marc Robert .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Darion Hing .... costume designer: South Africa
Editorial Department
Miguel Bejo .... telecine dailies colorist
Nicolas Criqui .... digital conformation
Hugues Darmois .... post-production coordinator
Yseult Huret .... assistant editor
Isabelle Julien .... color timer
Frederic Jupin .... lustre editor
Philippe Reinaudo .... digital intermediate technical director
Location Management
Stephan Miller .... location scout
Valérie Novel .... location scout
Music Department
James Bellamy .... music editor
Lucy Evans .... assistant music producer
Jake Jackson .... score engineer & mixer
Maggie Rodford .... music producer: Air-Edel
James Shearman .... conductor
James Shearman .... orchestrator
Other crew
Delphine Berroyer .... production secretary
Francine Cathelain .... script supervisor
Frédéric Cauvy .... weapons advisor
Jean-Baptiste Jay .... flight head technician
Romeo Julien .... avid conformation
Daniel Longuein .... financial controller
Bernard Vander Donckt .... production administrator

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Pars vite et reviens tard" - France (original title)
"Seeds of Death" - Europe (English title)
"Sign of Death" - Japan (English title) (DVD title)
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Germany:116 min (European Film Market)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Germany:12 | Mexico:B15 | Portugal:M/12 | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud)
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5 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A meagre and flawed adaptation, 28 July 2008
Author: dark_coffee from Canada

There are tons of movies based on books. Some are good, some are fine, and some are bad. As someone who read most of Fred Vargas's novels, I was quite disappointed by this movie adaptation of "Pars vite et reviens tard". There are too many plot and character changes, but, most importantly, the movie fails to seize the spirit of the novel - which effectively turns it in a bland and unoriginal police thriller.

At its core, "Pars vite et reviens tard" (translated as "Have mercy on us all" in English) is a not-so-traditional police thriller in which we follow Commissaire Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg as he tries to catch a mysterious murderer who makes it seem as if the plague kills his victims. The general storyline is followed in the movie, but most of the finer points have been modified; arguably to make the story more accessible to people who haven't read the book. Indeed, there are lots of details in the book and it would be impossible to include everything. Still, they made some very odd changes that somewhat disturbs the flow and character development.

In the same line of thought, the casting came in as a surprise. The much missed Michel Serrault delivers erudite Decambrais pretty well, but others are blatantly different (both in physical appearance and personality) than their book counterparts (Danglard, Adamsberg's sidekick, was particularly botched in my opinion: even calling him a foil is giving him too much credit). For the most part, I found the acting to be generally bland and uninspiring.

Of course, it's impossible for a movie to be made as a carbon copy of a book (and then, such a thing could turn out bad). Minor edits to the plot line and the look of the actors are things that can be forgiven, at least up to a certain point. What really kills the movie in my opinion is how it turns the unique style of Vargas's writing in a run-of-the-mill thriller. Before being about a police officer who runs after a bad guy, Vargas's novels are about the psychological depth of her characters, particularly Adamsberg. In the movie, Adamsberg is a bland cop whose distinguishing feature is his need of a woman at night to be able to make progress in the case.

Overall, "Pars vite et reviens tard" is a disappointing movie for those who read the book. For others, it could pass as a decent police thriller, although the average acting and flow issues make it less interesting. I would warn those people though not to judge Vargas's novels on this adaptation, as it would be a big mistake.

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