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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

François Morel ... Le commissaire Martin Bataille

Danielle Darrieux ... Camilla Tressilian

Melvil Poupaud ... Guillaume Neuville

Laura Smet ... Caroline Neuville

Chiara Mastroianni ... Aude Neuville

Alessandra Martines ... 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
Camille Balsan ... Sylvie Bataille
Ariane Rousseau ... Mme Roger - Gérante des Flots Bleus
Hassen Brahiti ... Le docteur Lazerbi
Bernard Marcatte ... Loïc Brezounec
Héloïse Wagner ... Une fonctionnaire de police
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marion Bartherotte ... L'infirmière
Emmanuelle Coutellier ... La jeune fille de la falaise
Benoit Gaudiche
Audrey Goldberg Goldberg
Michel Goldberg
Nathalie Larcher ... la cliente de Latimer
Gaël Le Bozec
Joséphine Le Gouvello ... Une avocate
Tilly Mandelbrot ... La petite fille diabolique
Elena Manso ... La femme de chambre
Clarisse Merel ... Une avocate
Chantal Millier-Legrand ... Une avocate
Valentin Morel ... Le jeune homme de la falaise
Serge Panel ... Un enquêteur
Yannick Peyrony ... Le partenaire de Gullaiume au tennis
Catherine Schneider ... La directrice de la morgue
Jérôme Sifferle
Philippe Veisse ... Le magistrat
Pascal Thomas ... Le médecin légiste (uncredited)

Directed by
Pascal Thomas 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Clémence de Biéville 
François Caviglioli 
Agatha Christie  novel
Roland Duval 
Nathalie Lafaurie 

Produced by
Hubert Watrinet .... producer
Bernadette Zinck .... production executive
Original Music by
Reinhardt Wagner 
Cinematography by
Renan Pollès 
Film Editing by
Catherine Dubeau 
Elena Mano 
Production Design by
Katia Wyszkop 
Set Decoration by
Gérard Marcireau 
Costume Design by
Laurence Esnault (costumes)
Makeup Department
Frédérique Arguello .... hair stylist
Charlotte Arguillère .... key hair stylist
Frédéric Lainé .... special makeup effects artist
Nathalie Louichon .... makeup artist
Production Management
Aimeric Bonello .... unit production manager
Scarlett Garson .... production secretary
Frédéric Morin .... assistant unit manager
Jerome Pinot .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Céline Bailbled .... assistant director
Thierry Mauvoisin .... assistant director
Art Department
Christophe Aubry .... metal worker
Benoît Bechet .... assistant art director
Benjamin Clauzier .... assistant decorator
François Combastel .... construction coordinator
Alexandra Lassen .... assistant art director
Antoine Martial .... chief carpenter
Marie Rossignol .... head painter
Sound Department
Denis Carquin .... first assistant sound
Eric Chevallier .... sound mixer
Adrien Guillemot .... sound mix re-recording assistant
Arnaud Julien .... second sound engineer
Pierre Lenoir .... sound recordist
Pierre Martens .... sound effects editor
Claude Villand .... sound mixer
Alexandre Cauderlier .... stunt double: Melvil Poupaud
Patrick Cauderlier .... stunt coordinator
Patrick Cauderlier .... stunts
John Medalin .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Hassen Brahiti .... still photographer
Julien Buffard .... grip
Fatma Cherif .... first assistant camera
Laurent Dexpert .... electrician
David Morille .... camera loader
Eric Nové .... grip
Olivier Petitjean .... camera operator
Philippe Porte .... gaffer
Tristan Tortuyaux .... first assistant camera
Casting Department
Laurent Soulet .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Catherine Bouchard .... costumer
Editorial Department
Marie De La Selle .... assistant editor
Mathilde Delacroix .... color timer
Mélanie Mourey .... assistant editor
Music Department
Eric Chevallier .... music mixer
Asen Kanchev .... music production manager
Other crew
Kim Courcelle .... assistant accountant
Scarlett Garson .... production secretary
Karinne Lecoq .... script supervisor
Sandrine Molto .... production administration
Florence Narozny .... press attache
André-Paul Ricci .... press attache
Bernadette Zinck .... production administrator

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Also Known As:
"L'heure zéro" - France (original title)
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Agatha Christie en français, 30 January 2011
Author: gradyharp from United States

TOWARDS ZERO (L'heure zéro) Is the updated French version of Agatha Christie's 1944 novel by François Caviglioli, Clémence De Bieville, Roland Duval and Nathalie Lafaurie as directed with style and panache by Pascal Thomas. Instead of England the action is transferred to the breathtaking beauty of Brittany, France. Not only does the magic of Christie's mystery remain intact, but it is enhanced by the significant rugged coastlines of the area (captured beautifully by cinematographer Renan Pollès) as the setting for the mansion overlooking the sea where the action takes place.

Guillaume Neuville (Melvil Poupard), the favored relative and heir to Aunt Camilla (Danielle Darrieux) who in her declining years lives in the Brittany estate under the care of Marie- Adeline ( Alessandra Martines) and her servants Heurtebise (Paul Menthe) and Emma (Valériane de Villeneuve) - the latter two making one of the finest comedy teams on film, comes to visit his aunt with his current wife Caroline (Laura Smet) while also inviting his mysterious former wife Aude (Chiara Mastroianni). Aunt Camilla favors the Aude, a fact that throws the tempestuous and obnoxious Caroline into tantrums. There is considerable background history of this family and friends that gradually all comes together in the end. But the incident that triggers the story is the murder of Aunt Camilla, an act that leaves nearly everyone in the full house as a suspect.

Enter Le commissaire Martin Bataille (François Morel), who goes about his investigation singing a tune created from the names of Agatha Christie's famous detectives - Hercule Poirot, Miss Marples, and, oddly, Colombo. The murder weapons are recreated, the events of the night of the murder are studied, and gradually the true murderer is uncovered in typical Christie style. There are many clues, versions, suppositions, old family secrets, current interrelationships and pointed facts that leave the audience wondering not only who the murderer is but also the motive of the crime.

It is a pleasure to watch the finest French actors (in addition to the ones mentioned the cast includes Clément Thomas, Xavier Thiam, Hervé Pierre and others) have a great time with this story and the sets, costumes, Brittany scenery, and the musical score by Reinhardt Wagner make this a delectable bonbon of a film.

Grady Harp

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