A cop investigates whether the man convicted of murdering his daughter is really guilty.


Franck Mancuso


Franck Mancuso, Lawrence Block (short story)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Dujardin ... Richard Malinowski
Laurent Lucas ... Daniel Eckmann
Agnès Blanchot Agnès Blanchot ... Claire Malinowski
Aurélien Recoing ... Josse
Jacques Frantz ... Michel Arnalde
Jean-François Garreaud Jean-François Garreaud ... Salinas
Jean-Pierre Cassel ... Le docteur Delmas
Alexandra Goncalvez Alexandra Goncalvez ... Emilie Malinowski
Claudine Vincent Claudine Vincent ... Catherine Courrieux
Caroline Santini ... Christiane Carlier
Marie Guillard ... Mathilde Josse
Gabriel Mancuso Gabriel Mancuso ... Gabriel Josse
Thierry Bosc Thierry Bosc ... Albin Schneider
Jean-Pierre Germain Jean-Pierre Germain ... Jean-François Perrin
Benjamin Guyot Benjamin Guyot ... Lebars


Richard is a typical cop who spends too much time on the job and isn't always there for his family. One day as he's preparing to spend some quality time with his young daughter he gets an urgent call and responds to it - when he returns home his daughter is missing, but her body is quickly discovered. Racked with guilt he is also filled with hatred for the man arrested for the crime, but after being sent to prison the convict eventually manages to lure Richard into a secret correspondence. Doubts begin to surface - was he really the guilty man, or could this have been work of another serial child abductor who may have been in the area? Richard launches his own investigation, and finally uncovers a new witness. Gritty detective thriller. Written by Graham Inglis

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one of the best dramas and investigative thrillers of all time in French Movies.
28 November 2020 | by sudheeshthulaseedharanSee all my reviews

Released in 2007, the French film is one of the best dramas and investigative thrillers of all time.

Jean Dujardin's character Richard will be seen on the screen in this film which tells the story with emphasis on the emotions of the characters as well as the quests. Laurent Lucas, who came as Daniel to remind us of many important villains, also performed well.

Emily, the ten-year-old daughter of Police Inspector Richard Malinowski, is brutally murdered. Since the victim was the daughter of a police officer, his colleagues attached great importance to finding the culprit immediately.

Defendant Daniel Ekman is in prison. But then he keeps writing letters to Richard saying that he was not the one who did that cruel thing.

The film tells the story of Richard's parallel investigation to find out if Daniel is the real culprit and to find out who caused his Emily's death.

Many of the films that have stories about the murders of loved ones and their endings end in the same direction as revenge. The success of such films often depends on how much revenge the audience can contain.

I found this film to be a good fit. An unexpected climax enjoyed well.

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Release Date:

7 March 2007 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Contragolpe See more »


Box Office


EUR7,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,182, 2 March 2008

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Dolby Digital


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