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Towards Zero (2007)

L'heure zéro (original title)
A wealthy woman holds a party at her estate for family and friends. When a solicitor and the hostess herself are both murdered, only the trusty Inspector Bataille can put together the pieces.

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Pascal Thomas
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
François Morel ... Le commissaire Martin Bataille
Danielle Darrieux ... Camilla Tressilian
Melvil Poupaud ... Guillaume Neuville
Laura Smet ... Caroline Neuville
Chiara Mastroianni ... Aude Neuville
Alessandra Martines ... Marie-Adeline
Clément Thomas Clément Thomas ... Thomas Rondeau
Xavier Thiam Xavier Thiam ... Frédéric 'Fred' Latimer
Hervé Pierre Hervé Pierre ... Ange Werther
Vania Vadim Vania Vadim ... Pierre Leca (as Vania Plemiannikov)
Jacques Sereys Jacques Sereys ... Me Charles Trevoz
Valériane de Villeneuve Valériane de Villeneuve ... Emma
Paul Minthe Paul Minthe ... Heurtebise
Carmen Durand Carmen Durand ... Barrette
Dominique Reymond Dominique Reymond ... Mme Geoffroy - La directrice du collège
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When Guillaume has the bizarre idea of inviting his ex-wife Aude to a family reunion at the luxurious coastal estate of his wealthy Aunt Camilla, his tempestuous new wife Caroline becomes filled with rage. Guillaume hopes that they'll become friends but the two women despise one another. But things turn ugly when Camilla is found dead in her bedroom - and only the trusty Inspector Bataille can put together the pieces. But as the Inspector untangles her mysterious death, he also begins to unearth dark family secrets, brewing jealousies, and perhaps even a murderer in their midst. Written by Anonymous

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Official Sites:

Studio Canal [France]

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

31 October 2007 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Towards Zero See more »

Filming Locations:

Dinard, Ille-et-Vilaine, France See more »

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Les Films Français See more »
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Dolby

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Based on the novel Towards Zero by Agatha Christie. See more »

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Scott Fitzgerald meets Sherlock Holmes
10 June 2009 | by richard_sleboeSee all my reviews

Based on an Agatha Christie story, "Towards Zero" is a thriller in the guise of a picnic. Set in a magnificent mansion on the shores of Brittany, the story revolves around an aging matriarch, her family and the vultures that come with wealth and fortune. Her nephew Guillaume (Melvil Poupaud), an absurdly handsome and easygoing man on the outside, is torn between ambition and leisure. In general, it seems beneath him to even compete, but occasionally, he can't help wanting to win. Good thing there is always another girl to take his pain away: Aude (Chiara Mastroianni), soulful and patient to the point of masochism. Quietly elegant Marie-Adeline (Alessandra Martines), struggling with demons all her own. Gorgeous Caroline (Johnny Hallyday's breathtaking daughter Laura Smet), a loud-mouthed tramp in designer clothes. Then people start getting killed. The girls dance round in a ring and suppose, but the culprit sits in the middle and knows. A lot of fun. Unfortunately, the movie is currently without distribution outside France.


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