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Towards Zero (2007)

L'heure zéro (original title)
A wealthy woman holds a party at her estate for family and friends. When a solicitor and the hostess herself are both murdered, only the trusty Inspector Bataille can put together the pieces.

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Le commissaire Martin Bataille
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Camilla Tressilian
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Guillaume Neuville
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Caroline Neuville
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Aude Neuville
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Marie-Adeline
Clément Thomas ...
Thomas Rondeau
Xavier Thiam ...
Frédéric 'Fred' Latimer
Hervé Pierre ...
Ange Werther
Vania Plemiannikov ...
Pierre Leca
Jacques Sereys ...
Me Charles Trevoz
Valériane de Villeneuve ...
Emma
Paul Minthe ...
Heurtebise
Carmen Durand ...
Barrette
Dominique Reymond ...
Mme Geoffroy - La directrice du collège
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When Guillaume has the bizarre idea of inviting his ex-wife Aude to a family reunion at the luxurious coastal estate of his wealthy Aunt Camilla, his tempestuous new wife Caroline becomes filled with rage. Guillaume hopes that they'll become friends but the two women despise one another. But things turn ugly when Camilla is found dead in her bedroom - and only the trusty Inspector Bataille can put together the pieces. But as the Inspector untangles her mysterious death, he also begins to unearth dark family secrets, brewing jealousies, and perhaps even a murderer in their midst. Written by Anonymous

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Based on the novel Towards Zero by Agatha Christie. See more »

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Version of Agatha Christie's Marple: Towards Zero (2007) See more »

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Major improvement on "By The Pricking Of My Thumbs"
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I approached this movie with some skepticism: although France is to be commended for being pretty much the only country in the world right now that still produces films based on the works of Agatha Christie and releases them theatrically (the British Poirot and Miss Marple series are still running, of course, but they're made for TV), "Towards Zero" is directed by Pascal Thomas, whose previous Christie adaptation, the 2005 "By The Pricking Of My Thumbs", was about as dull as a film can possibly be. Thankfully, "Towards Zero" is much better. The main reason for this is simple: instead of being a talkathon with secondary mystery elements like "Thumbs", this is a good old-fashioned whodunit with nearly all of the typical elements of the genre in place: a luxurious mansion, a large but limited number of suspects, a cunning police inspector, family secrets, intense emotions and rivalries, red herrings, etc. The solution is unpredictable, even though it is based on the kind of double-deception that Christie has used quite a few other times in her stories. The cast is good, with the best performance award going to Laura Smet for her infuriatingly impulsive and impulsively sexy character. The locations and the settings are beautiful. A nostalgically enjoyable movie. *** out of 4.


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