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In the Beginning (2009)

À l'origine (original title)
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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 »


Xavier Giannoli


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





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 ... Marty
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


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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Did You Know?


Laurent Leguevaque was really a French judge who worked on the case which the movie is based on. See more »


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 »


Chorégraphie Pelleteuse
, from Show "Transports exceptionnels" by the Compagnie Beau Geste
Choreographer: Dominique Boivin
Dancer: Philippe Priasso
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Compelling, but don't pick it apart
28 July 2013 | by rowmorgSee all my reviews

This movie is an exercise in story-telling and it carries us almost right to the end (where there are a couple of hackneyed devices). Our hero is a screwed up thief who gets involved in an enormous project way beyond his abilities or finances, and his life becomes a parody of many people's business style (including the bank-managers's). So the story takes us from his con-tricks through to the local community latching on to him (it's really not his fault) and pushing into completing the abandoned by-pass. It's then all about employment, so it develops on several levels. In the end, it's a crackdown on our sleazy-turned-heroic Francois Cluzet by the gendarmes and we read a few cue-cards about how it all worked out. Apparently our hero disappeared after serving his prison sentence --- perhaps he learned a movie was going to be made. We felt sorry for the widowed mayoress who strayed into his arms, but that's life...Highly recommended.

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Europa Corp. [France]





Release Date:

11 November 2009 (France) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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