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L'adversaire (2002)

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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 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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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$2,242,890 (France), 30 August 2002
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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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Near the parking lot where Jean Marc Faure lives, we see, several time, a Volkswagen Golf III. This model was built and put on the market in 1991, yet the movie takes place in 1989. See more »

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Features Papa Beaver's Story Time (1993) See more »

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Much better than L'emploi du temps
17 March 2005 | by aveilbriefSee all my reviews

What a chilling experience, this terrific movie. Jean-Marc Faure's loneliness in conference halls and on the highway is so painful that it's hard not to feel compassion for him. All my credits to Auteuil and Garcia for this moving film. As you probably know, L'adversaire was based on a tragedy that truly happened some ten years ago. It didn't just inspire one, but two directors. The other film based on this story is L'emploi du temps, by Laurent Cantet. I watched it yesterday, and I have to admit I was a bit disappointed. Having read the very enthusiastic comments on this site, I expected a film of equal quality as L'adversaire but the latter outclassed it by far. I missed the palpable loneliness and desperateness in l'Adversaire, and Daniel Auteuil is in my opinion simply a more interesting and accomplished actor than Aurélien Recoing. If you haven't seen either of the films, I recommend you watch L'emploi du temps first, or just L'adversaire. It's always interesting to compare, but if you have already seen L'adversaire, you might be in for a little disappointment.


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