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Contre-enquête (2007)

Not Rated | | Crime, Romance | 7 March 2007 (France)
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A cop investigates whether the man convicted of murdering his daughter is really guilty.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Richard Malinowski
... Daniel Eckmann
Agnès Blanchot ... Claire Malinowski
... Josse
... Michel Arnalde
Jean-François Garreaud ... Salinas
... Le docteur Delmas
Alexandra Goncalvez ... Emilie Malinowski
Claudine Vincent ... Catherine Courrieux
... Christiane Carlier
Marie Guillard ... Mathilde Josse
Gabriel Mancuso ... Gabriel Josse
Thierry Bosc ... Albin Schneider
Jean-Pierre Germain ... Jean-François Perrin
Benjamin Guyot ... Lebars
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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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Crime | Romance

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Matiere Focale.com (French)

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7 March 2007 (France)  »

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Contragolpe  »

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€7,600,000 (estimated)
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A nasty little film. One to miss.
15 May 2007 | by See all my reviews

This film is a useful corrective for those who think that French cinema is inescapably urbane, intelligent and stylish. Counter-investigation is a shallow, nasty, derivative, clunking little film. Though its authenticity is widely trailed, the film's basic premise - that a police officer whose daughter has been raped and killed would subsequently be allowed to investigate the same crime as a miscarriage of justice - defies disbelief. Character development is jettisoned in favour of a nuts and bolts plot which delivers few pleasures. Men suffer, you know, when their children die; but they can get through it by squaring their jaws and drinking liquor. Paedophiles, well, they're clever, cold, and calculating. And evil, pretty much. The police, they'd do a fine job, if it weren't for bureaucrats. And liberals, especially. The film's ultimate message - that the only justice is old testament justice in a neatly defined world of good and evil - is as absurd as it is juvenile. One to miss.


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