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The Night Clerk (2011)

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Frederic is a young man in social rehabilitation. He has just found a night internship, in an isolated hotel in the mountains when, one evening, he sees his boss, Jacques, together with ... See full summary »

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Raphaël Jacoulot

Writers:

Lise Macheboeuf (scenario), Raphaël Jacoulot (scenario)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Pierre Bacri ... Jacques Couvreur
Vincent Rottiers ... Frédéric Boissier
Ludmila Mikaël ... Michèle Couvreur
Sylvie Testud ... L'inspectrice de police Sylvie Poncet
Céline Sallette ... Julie Couvreur
François Perrot ... Paul Couvreur
Xavier Robic Xavier Robic ... Arnaud Couvreur
India Hair India Hair ... Maud
Pierre-Félix Gravière Pierre-Félix Gravière ... Olivier
Marc Brunet Marc Brunet ... Le capitaine de gendarmerie Barthod
Nicolas Jouhet Nicolas Jouhet ... Henri
Marc Saez ... Raphaël Cassany
Philippe Vendan-Borin Philippe Vendan-Borin ... L'assistant de Sylvie
Priscilla Attal-Sfez Priscilla Attal-Sfez ... Sandrine (as Priscilla Attal)
Patrick Hastert Patrick Hastert ... Jacky
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Frederic is a young man in social rehabilitation. He has just found a night internship, in an isolated hotel in the mountains when, one evening, he sees his boss, Jacques, together with this son, hiding a car in the parking lot. The day after, he learns that one of the clients left the hotel without notice... Written by Amélie Vrla

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Drama | Thriller

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Country:

France | Luxembourg

Language:

French

Release Date:

2 March 2011 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Night Clerk See more »

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Budget:

EUR4,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$431,908
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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"Smoky Blues", written by John Barry, appears twice in the credits for 'Additional Music', as items 9 and 26. See more »

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Great policier with sociological undertones !
19 February 2012 | by stuka24See all my reviews

Some films stand or fall because of one actor, not only because most of the screen time he's there, but because the action pivots on him. This is the case of Vincent Rottiers, whose "Frédéric Boissier" will stay in my memory for a long time.

Well known actors J. P. Bacri, beautiful L. Mikaël and F. Perrot on the surface are the perfect family, owners of a hotel in the chic Pyrinees, serving the wealthy and powerful. But from the first scenes we know something is rotten, and Bacri knows Fréderic has seen to much. As this boy with a troubled past has no family and a simple girlfriend, Machiavellian Bacri buys our friend F. with trifles. A coat from his own son (who subsequently hates him), some awful stiff dinners with his stressed family, staying at the worst employee's room for a few days. And affection, plus a father figure, which F. never had and needs so badly.

Bacri is of course perfect as a likable guy who even while blatantly lying, you wind up still believing him. We've all been used by people like "Jacques".

Nice well shot scenery (even if you don't like the snow & mountains), well used (sparsely) classical music, and a glimpse into a world most of us won't ever know (pricey winter resorts) seen from the owner and the worker's perspective, to boot.

I didn't like the female inspector's character, played by Sylvie Testud ("Ce que mes yeux ont vu" among others) who this time, strangely enough, is not believable at all, I am sure, because of a "thin" character, always clumsy, asking some questions but ultimately not delivering much.

"Jacky", Fréderic's coworker, is also a hidden gem of a character. If you've been envied by somebody without knowing why, you know Jacky.

Sadly beautiful Céline Sallette (Le grand alibi) is also moving in this film, albeit in a small role.

It'll keep you gripping at your seat until the end, and then some. Can't say the same of most blockbusters you'll ever see :)!

PS: There are some loose threads, about a car's light that F. finds, for instance, and doesn't put to good use. Just a passing thought.


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