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Agent trouble (1987)

Amanda Weber is a museum employee. Her nephew, Victorien, who feels that wild animals should not be kept in zoos, has been murdered, and she seeks to find out why and how. She knows that ... See full summary »


Jean-Pierre Mocky


Jean-Pierre Mocky (adaptation), Malcolm Bosse (novel)
1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Deneuve ... Amanda Weber
Richard Bohringer ... Alex
Tom Novembre Tom Novembre ... Victorien
Dominique Lavanant Dominique Lavanant ... Catherine 'Karen' Dariller
Sophie Moyse Sophie Moyse ... Delphine
Kristin Scott Thomas ... Julie
Héléna Manson Héléna Manson ... Madame Sackman, la directrice du musée
Hervé Pauchon Hervé Pauchon ... Tony
Charles Varel Charles Varel ... Norbert, le chauffeur du car
Maxime Leroux Maxime Leroux ... Le docteur Arms
Sylvie Joly Sylvie Joly ... Edna
Pierre Arditi ... Stanislas Gautier
Michel Varille Michel Varille ... Le petit ami de Tony
Antoine Mayor Antoine Mayor ... Tintin
Dominique Zardi Dominique Zardi ... Le gardien


Amanda Weber is a museum employee. Her nephew, Victorien, who feels that wild animals should not be kept in zoos, has been murdered, and she seeks to find out why and how. She knows that Victorien was witness to a mysterious government project where 50 tourists were killed by an unknown poison gas, and the bus they were travelling in was found at the bottom of a lake. Alex, a callous government assassin who is having marital problems with his wife Delphine, has orders to kill anyone who knows about the cover-up of that project, and Amanda soon becomes his target. Written by Polly_Kat

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19 August 1987 (France) See more »

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The Man Who Loved Zoos See more »

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AFC,Koala Films,Canal+ See more »
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50 dead people in a coach found at the bottom of a lake, Richard Borhinger who's running after Catherine Deneuve. What can it mean?
29 April 2007 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

With hindsight, "Agent Trouble" effortlessly stands out in Jean Pierre Mocky's copious filmography. The botched job that mares many of his efforts is virtually absent except in the tail end that smells alacrity. Instead, we are entitled to a story built and honed with clarity and even if the directive line is derivative as a whole, the film gathers pace as soon as Richard Borhinger runs after Catherine Deneuve who wants to understand what's going on around the death of her nephew Victorien (Tom Novembre) and the mystery of these 50 dead people in a coach found at the bottom of a lake in the mountains.

The choice of the scenery adds to the pernicious charm that shrouds the film, notably these snowy mountains that give a sultry sensation. A tight editing and an entrancing music increase the pleasure and it's noticeable to note down the disenchantment that touches many of the characters, either it is Borhinger who acts a frail spy and whose conjugal life with his wife Delphine goes unravel or Deneuve whose sentimental life is like a desert. And here and there Mocky didn't jettison his bias for onslaughts directed against some convenient values which if they might seem extraneous for some viewers don't encroach on the unifying thread: Victorien who expresses his disgust for wild animals kept in zoo who'd better be free. Even when the solution to the mystery is solved and the culprits are unmasked, Mocky's attacks towards them are fully justified.

In one sequence, a voyager tries to see the misty mountainous landscape through a telescope. "I can't see anything!" she complains. The viewer, at this step of the story can't too and will have to still wait a little to discover who's pulling the strings.

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