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The Adversary (2002)

L'adversaire (original title)
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When a man murders his wife, children and parents, the ensuing investigation reveals that he's been living a lie for almost 20 years.

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Nicole Garcia
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Auteuil ... Jean-Marc Faure
Géraldine Pailhas ... Christine Faure
François Cluzet ... Luc
Emmanuelle Devos ... Marianne
Alice Fauvet Alice Fauvet ... Alice
Martin Jobert Martin Jobert ... Vincent
Michel Cassagne Michel Cassagne ... Le père de Jean-Marc
Joséphine Derenne Joséphine Derenne ... La mère de Jean-Marc
Anne Loiret ... Cécile
Olivier Cruveiller Olivier Cruveiller ... Jean-Jacques
Nadine Alari ... La mère de Christine
Nicolas Abraham Nicolas Abraham ... Xavier
Bernard Fresson ... Le père de Christine
François Berléand ... Rémi
Muriel Amat Muriel Amat
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When a man murders his wife, children and parents, the ensuing investigation reveals that he's been living a lie for almost 20 years.

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France | Switzerland | Spain

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French | English

Release Date:

28 August 2002 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

El adversario See more »

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$5,747,342
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Dolby

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Based on a true story, that of Jean-Claude Romand, who on January 9, 1993, killed his wife, two children and both his parents. See more »

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The movie takes place in 1989. In France all the cars had yellow headlights. White headlights were legalized in 1993. See more »

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Version of Nobody's Life (2002) See more »

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Hail Auteuil!
9 January 2003 | by fiozinhoSee all my reviews

The magnificent Daniel Auteuil is ... well ... magnificent once again in this study of a common man whose world turns unaccountably pear-shaped, and who is powerless to get out of the increasingly large hole he's dug for himself. The sequencing of the film is very neatly done - we know from the word 'go' that Faure has done something horrendous, we're pretty sure what it is, and we are led to find out why through a complex series of flashbacks. The art of Auteuil is in his ability to make Faure a sympathetic character, despite his many flaws and the gruesome crime he commits. The painstakingly constructed portrait of a man in torment may get painted on a little too thickly at times, but Auteuil's descent from mixed-up family-man to lethal psychopath is gripping stuff.


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