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Le septième juré (2008)

The action takes place in a typical French town in the early sixties, at the end of the Algerian war. In a fit of criminal madness, a married, affluent and respected town-citizen named ... See full summary »

Director:

Edouard Niermans

Writers:

Francis Didelot (novel), Didier Le Pêcheur (scenario and dialogue)
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Cast

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Jean-Pierre Darroussin ... Grégoire Duval
Isabelle Habiague Isabelle Habiague ... Geneviève Duval
Pascal Elso Pascal Elso ... Commissaire Valard
Igor Mendjisky Igor Mendjisky ... Laurent Duval
Éric Naggar Éric Naggar ... Juge Hoppenot
Lahcen Razzougui Lahcen Razzougui ... Khader Boualam
Jean-Yves Chatelais Jean-Yves Chatelais ... Labory
Jacques Bachelier Jacques Bachelier ... L'avocat général
Philippe Couerre Philippe Couerre ... Docteur Marmont
Yvon Wust Yvon Wust ... Etienne Langeron
Jean-Paul Bonnaire Jean-Paul Bonnaire ... Jacques Perruchet
Hubert Saint-Macary Hubert Saint-Macary ... Docteur Hesse
Laurent Manzoni Laurent Manzoni ... Marthouret
Olivier Piechaczyk Olivier Piechaczyk ... Rembert
Lucy Flamant Lucy Flamant ... Marianne Courtry
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The action takes place in a typical French town in the early sixties, at the end of the Algerian war. In a fit of criminal madness, a married, affluent and respected town-citizen named Gregoire Duval kills a young woman who spurns his advances. As no one witnesses him committing this crime, he chooses to remain silent while the girl's boyfriend, a young Algerian farm worker, is wrongly convicted. In a strange twist of fate, the killer becomes one of the jurors of the trial and suddenly does everything in his power to defend the wrongly accused young man. Written by Stephanie T. Hunt

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

France | Belgium

Language:

French

Release Date:

18 January 2008 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

A hetedik esküdt See more »

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Version of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: The Star Juror (1963) See more »

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Fine "crime & trial" film.
13 November 2009 | by stuka24See all my reviews

Hypocrisy and higher class conservatism are finely depicted here. If sometimes characters are a bit predictable, the way it's filmed, the reconstruction of the epoch and .

Why are pharmacists always mean? I am thinking of "3 jours en Juin", but there are others as well.

Jean-Pierre Darroussin steals the movie, with his mild mannered neurosis and notorious lack of attributes. And incriminating hobbies (a room/ den of mechanic dolls = striving for control), his puzzles his wife once disarranges when angered because he's just another automate, like his dolls... Nobody listens to him, has a routine family life and his club friends were there only when he agreed with them.

His wife "Geneviève" is probably the weakest character, always thinking about status in a way that we are forced to loathe her, no nuances there. Near the end at least she's got a couple lines that go off the beaten track.

The fact that his son Laurent Duval is like a ghost in the movie is another symptom of his anodyne dysfunctional family. The judge overacts, as the Algerian suspect. Docteur Marmaont is a very likable chap, and L'avocat général deals with his "unsavoury" part convincingly.

My favourite character is Capitaine Valard (Pascal Elso). He's got a long trajectory of good, reliable supporting roles (the TV series "Le cri", Raboliot, Le dominicain in "Galilée" (2005), P.J, Nestor Burma...". In his way, he really cares for Grégoire. When G. asks: "Who is giving me advice, the police officer or the friend" he replies "It's not the copper".

Good language usage, splendid French town life and easy stereotypes make this a very watchable film.


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