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The Mystery of the Yellow Room (2003)

Le mystère de la chambre jaune (original title)
A woman is sleeping in her bedroom. Her room can not be opened from the outside, but only from inside. When suddenly one night somebody attempted to murder her. Before the police arrived ... See full summary »

Director:

Bruno Podalydès

Writers:

Gaston Leroux (novel), Bruno Podalydès
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Denis Podalydès ... Joseph Rouletabille
Jean-Noël Brouté Jean-Noël Brouté ... Sainclair
Sabine Azéma ... Mathilde Stangerson
Pierre Arditi ... Inspecteur Frédéric Larsan
Claude Rich ... Le juge De Marquet
Olivier Gourmet ... Robert Darzac
Michael Lonsdale ... Stangerson
Julos Beaucarne Julos Beaucarne ... Le père Jacques
Isabelle Candelier ... Madame Bernier
Dominique Parent Dominique Parent ... Monsieur Bernier
George Aguilar ... Petit-Pied - le garde-chasse
Scali Delpeyrat Scali Delpeyrat ... Le greffier
Patrick Ligardes Patrick Ligardes ... Le brigadier
Sylvain Solustri Sylvain Solustri ... William, homme en noir
Vincent Vedo Velli Vincent Vedo Velli ... Marcel, homme en noir
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A woman is sleeping in her bedroom. Her room can not be opened from the outside, but only from inside. When suddenly one night somebody attempted to murder her. Before the police arrived the killer fled and was not to be found. The police come to investigate who the killer is and how did he get inside. Written by lovethebook

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Comedy | Crime | Mystery

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Version of The Mystery of the Yellow Room (1930) See more »

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Dumbed-down version of the book...
8 October 2004 | by NaoNoisenSee all my reviews

Interesting comical actor direction... But nothing even close to the wit that we can read in the book. Another one of those sad cases where the book, much longer than a 2-hour adaptation would allow, is twice more interesting than the movie. And it's always sad, for someone who read the book before, to notice that they didn't hesitate to remove most of the secondary plot lines, and even change the configuration of the infamous "Yellow Room" (which was very important to the plot).

But my worst worry would be for some of the actors they hired. Father Jacques is played by a man with an accent (what a stupid idea!) and a very bad actor. But even worse is Robert Darzac -- described as elegant and charming in the book, he also wears a mustache... Which he doesn't in the movie. Of course, the movie also forgets to render him as even remotely elegant or charming. And did I mention he's a very bad actor too? Well, maybe he just did what he was asked to do... Then it's probably the director's fault.

Do yourself a favor and read the book. It's excellent (and basically the book that inspired Agatha Christie in her youth), and doesn't need any of these fancy "inventions" that plague the movie.


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Country:

Belgium | France

Language:

French

Release Date:

11 June 2003 (Belgium) See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,814,320
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DTS | Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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