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In the Beginning (2009)

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France, present day. A professional conman passes himself off as the boss of a construction site building a highway extension. He cons the whole region, hires dozens of workers and ... See full summary »

Director:

Xavier Giannoli

Writers:

Xavier Giannoli (screenplay), Daniel Karlin (collaborating writer) | 1 more credit »
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3 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
François Cluzet ... Philippe Miller / Paul
Emmanuelle Devos ... Stéphane
Gérard Depardieu ... Abel
Soko ... Monika
Vincent Rottiers ... Nicolas
Brice Fournier Brice Fournier ... Louis
Franck Andrieux Franck Andrieux ... Pascal
Stéphan Wojtowicz Stéphan Wojtowicz ... Marty
Patrick Descamps Patrick Descamps ... Bollard
Stéphane Jobert Stéphane Jobert ... Patrick
Eric Herson-Macarel Eric Herson-Macarel ... Barracher
Patrick Bonnel Patrick Bonnel ... Cadre CGI
François Loriquet François Loriquet ... Cadre CGI
Nathalie Boutefeu ... Marie
Corinne Masiero Corinne Masiero ... Corinne
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Storyline

France, present day. A professional conman passes himself off as the boss of a construction site building a highway extension. He cons the whole region, hires dozens of workers and cynically enjoys the profits of his scam until he meets the lady mayor of a small village that the road will go through. She intrigues and unsettles him, before revealing to him a world he never knew: feelings. How far will he go now to save his victims and save himself from his own lies? Written by The Film Catalogue

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Drama

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Official Sites:

Europa Corp. [France]

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

11 November 2009 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

La mentira See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

According to director Xavier Giannoli an important civil works enterprise first proposed its help for finding a location, then abandoned. The movie was saved at the last minute by a civil-work material renter who proposed its help, its material and its workers to build the 2-km long where most of the film takes place. See more »

Goofs

While Philippe Miller runs across the construction area after the siren goes off, he falls on the ground and gets his right sleeve covered in mud. In the next shot when he has resumed running, the sleeve is clean again. See more »

Soundtracks

Samba Fever
Written by Frédéric Vitani
Production and copyright: Koka Media
Courtesy of Universal Publishing Production Music
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Conman discovers the value of honesty and a productive life
5 November 2015 | by peter-delaatSee all my reviews

If honesty and a productive life are important to you, this is a must see movie. That is, if you like an emotional horror story.

It is about a conman, played by François Cluzet, who is mistakenly assumed to be someone in charge to finish a highway. This gives him the opportunity to rip off lots of people but to maximize his profits he has to stay and masquerade as the big boss - which he does.

And then he falls in love with the way of life a real man in charge would have. He falls in love with creating something. And he falls in love with a woman.

What follows is sheer horror unmatched by anything I have ever seen. The emotional hell for this guy is portrayed so convincingly by Cluzet that your stomach turns and at times it almost becomes unbearable to watch.

Truly incredible movie. Go see it if you have a chance!!


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