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38 témoins (2012)

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A young woman is stabbed, sexually assaulted and murdered in public as her neighbors ignore her cries for help.

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Pierre Morvand
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Louise Morvand
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Sylvie Loriot
François Feroleto ...
Le capitaine Léonard
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Anne
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Petrini
Didier Sandre ...
Le procureur Lacourt
Bernard Mazzinghi ...
Le directeur de la PJ
Laurent Fernandez ...
Le chef de groupe
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Le jeune officier de police
Philippe Résimont ...
L'homme violent
Sébastien Libessart ...
Témoin #1
Dimitri Rataud ...
Témoin #2
Vincent Lebodo ...
Témoin #3 (as Vincent Le Bodo)
Anne-Sophie Pauchet ...
Témoin #4
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A young woman is stabbed, sexually assaulted and murdered in public as her neighbors ignore her cries for help.

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14 March 2012 (France)  »

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38 Sahit  »

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disappointing
15 March 2012 | by (France) – See all my reviews

In the harbor city of Le Havre, France, a woman is stabbed during the night, just below the windows of her neighborhood. Pierre (Yvan Attal) has witnessed the murder, and heard the wails of the women crying for help. So have the neighbors, certainly. But at the end, nobody called the police. Nevertheless, sorrows are too heavy for Pierre, who feels the need to tell everything to his wife (Sophie Quinton), and to the police. During the investigation, it appears that 38 people witnessed the murdering, and none reacted...

I was really appealed by the premises of this plot. That is also why I was really disappointed with the resulting film. Let me enumerate the main caveats I was annoyed with :

  • scripts and acting. The dialogs often sound awkward, unnatural and
sometimes I was wondering if I was looking at theater rather than cinema. The acting is not good (especially with the main roles), but I am not sure if actors or director have to be blamed.

  • Le Havre. This city and its harbor is constantly in the picture, but
the director does not really use it. Is it metaphor of dehumanization of modern urban life? Is it because the city center was rebuilt with bare concrete after 1945? The effect is wasted.

  • the end. The scenario introduces many story elements which could have
be explored and resolved into a powerful conclusion. Contrarily, the actual movie end is coming out of nowhere, unimpressive, and I felt, stupid.


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