A retired police inspector is stricken with Alzheimer's and decides to move into a residential clinic where he is puzzled by the sudden deaths of several patients.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Boyer
Carole Rothmann
Thomas Boyer
Chantal Neuwirth ...
Claire Nebout ...
Béatrice Monnier
Laure Salama ...
Pascal Elbé ...
Docteur Chenot
Gilles Gaston-Dreyfus ...
Louis Brunet
Serge Renko ...
Elisabeth Macocco ...
Anne-Marie Faux ...
Philippe Laudenbach ...
Olivier Lejeune ...
Martin Chaffour


After realizing he finds it hard to manage alone and not to be dependent upon his son Thomas any more, retired police inspector Charles Boyer, who suffers from Alzheimer's, decides to leave his apartment and move into The Residence, a clinic treating neuro-degenerative illnesses. But he is puzzled when several patients around him die unexpectedly. Is it a delusion of his disturbed mind or are murders really being committed? This will be the object of Charles' most difficult investigation ever. Written by Guy Bellinger

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30 January 2008 (France)  »

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€4,500,000 (estimated)

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1.66 : 1
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Guillaume Canet was considered for the role of Thomas, finally played by Julien Boisselier. See more »


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Thirty years later
6 February 2010 | by See all my reviews

here they are again:André Dussolier and Marthe Keller.The French audience may remember they had teamed up in Claude Lelouch's almost prophetic "Toute Une Vie" .Watching them together is a strange experience.Aurore Clement ("Lacombe Lucien") is also part of the cast.

"Cortex" depicts a gloomy atmosphere with a certain success;the patients are treated like big babies,they have to swallow their sleeping pills under the nurses' watchful eye and they do not have much time to think.

Unfortunately,the plot is not really original :borrowing from HG Clouzot's "Les Espions" and Alain Jessua 's "Traitement De Choc" and repeating the same pattern as MTV "Carte Vermeille " (about an home for retired people),the ending is neither surprising nor suspenseful;one should note that "Carte Vermeille' had been written by first-class Boileau/Narcejac team;none of the writers can write a murder mystery as they did .

Watch it for the cast:you will understand the very meaning of the title in the last lines.

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