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Sans laisser de traces (2010)

Etienne Meunier is a successful businessman who has money and a beautiful wife. But all is not well in Etienne's immaculate life. He is troubled by a secret that he has been hiding.

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Étienne Meunier
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Patrick Chambon
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Clémence Meunier
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Fleur
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Maurice
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Micheline
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François Michelet
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Kazinski
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Maître Bardon
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Malbert
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Ritchie Brown
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Créatif pub 1
Charles Van Tieghem ...
Créatif pub 2 (as Charlie Van Tieghem)
Jean-Yves Roan ...
Richard Gauthier
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In about three weeks' time, Étienne Meunier, a big household products company executive, is about to become boss. If all goes well, 15.000 employees, will be under his guidance. Firm believer that the triptych of success is: "talent, hard work and some luck", Étienne, a once low-rank engineer, gradually climbed his way up to the top where he is now, a process that took him almost fifteen long years. Successful and accomplished in his work, he is married and in love with his boss's daughter, on the way to having their first baby. But life hasn't always been a bed of roses for him, a long-forgotten reality that he recalled upon, when one day out of the blue, Patrick Chambon, an old friend from high school some twenty years back, bumped into him. He claims that he is seeking advice for his project, in order to start a business about sustainable energy and wind turbines. But, is he still the good-hearted friend that he once knew, a man that Étienne, not only would he offer his expertise ... Written by Nick Riganas

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Étienne Meunier: [First Lines] To succeed in life, three things are essential. Talent. Hard work. And luck. You might be very talented and work like a dog, but unless luck smiles on you at the right moment, your efforts are in vain.
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A less addicting but unusual French film noir
15 January 2011 | by (Gatineau, Canada) – See all my reviews

This is another well done French film noir with a rather dramatical touch. But instead of presenting us ugly events or the worst case scenario, the movie plays in a very intelligent way with wrong expectations, fatal illusions and terrible fears. The philosophy of this movie is shown at its very end and is a rather unconventional style for a film noir which makes this flick somehow stand out in comparison to the usual genre flicks.

What I liked about the movie is that it was always a very realistic and addicting flick without any unbelievable sex or gore scenes. The main actor didn't fell in love with the young student. He didn't kill his old best friend out of his despair. The movie didn't need a dose of extra blood as it worked very well in a psychological way. The movie didn't constantly build up pressure and tension but there were rather reoccurring ups and downs, moments of despair and then moments of relatively tranquillity which was an interesting development.

The reason why this movie didn't get a higher rating was the fact that I was somehow missing a punch or a twist in the end of the movie. I think it is original and unconventional that there wasn't one in the end but it would have addicted me more to the main actor and whole storyline and so I didn't completely get into the whole movie as the actors didn't do more than a good job but not an as convincing one as for example Attal and Cornillac in the brilliant "Le serpent". This distance to the actors and the story rate this movie eventually a little bit down.

But if you like a rather unusual film noir, I would suggest you to rent but maybe not buy this flick.


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