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Traceless (2010)

Sans laisser de traces (original title)
Etienne Meunier is a successful businessman who has money and a beautiful wife. But all is not well in Etienne's immaculate life. He is troubled by a secret that he has been hiding.


Grégoire Vigneron


Laurent Tirard (scenario), Grégoire Vigneron (scenario)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Benoît Magimel ... Étienne Meunier
François-Xavier Demaison ... Patrick Chambon
Julie Gayet ... Clémence Meunier
Léa Seydoux ... Fleur
Jean-Marie Winling Jean-Marie Winling ... Maurice
Dominique Labourier ... Micheline
André Wilms ... François Michelet
Stéphane De Groodt ... Kazinski
Yves Jacques ... Maître Bardon
Christelle Cornil ... Laurence
Georges Siatidis ... Malbert
William Miller ... Ritchie Brown
Stéphane Foenkinos Stéphane Foenkinos ... Créatif pub 1
Charles Van Tieghem Charles Van Tieghem ... Créatif pub 2 (as Charlie Van Tieghem)
Jean-Yves Roan Jean-Yves Roan ... Richard Gauthier


In about three weeks, Étienne Meunier, a big household products company executive, is about to become a boss. If all goes well, 15,000 employees will be under his guidance. But, life hasn't always been a bed of roses for him; a long-forgotten reality that he recalled upon, when, out of the blue, Patrick Chambon--an old friend from high school some twenty years back--bumps into him one fateful day. Patrick claims that he is seeking advice for his latest project; nevertheless, is he still the good-hearted friend Étienne once knew? Written by Nick Riganas

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Étienne Meunier: Remember the other day when you asked why I hid things from you? I've thought about it. The problem is that you never really chose me.
Clémence Meunier: Excuse me?
Étienne Meunier: You're still their little girl. You were never really my wife. You didn't choose me. I chose you. I didn't have to marry the boss's daughter. I didn't need that to succeed. But when I saw you, I fell in love. You were funny, elegant and refined... You called me "sir". I'd never known anyone like you. And I said: "She's the woman I want to spend my life ...
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A less addicting but unusual French film noir
15 January 2011 | by klusebaSee all my reviews

This is another well done French film noir with a rather dramatical touch. But instead of presenting us ugly events or the worst case scenario, the movie plays in a very intelligent way with wrong expectations, fatal illusions and terrible fears. The philosophy of this movie is shown at its very end and is a rather unconventional style for a film noir which makes this flick somehow stand out in comparison to the usual genre flicks.

What I liked about the movie is that it was always a very realistic and addicting flick without any unbelievable sex or gore scenes. The main actor didn't fell in love with the young student. He didn't kill his old best friend out of his despair. The movie didn't need a dose of extra blood as it worked very well in a psychological way. The movie didn't constantly build up pressure and tension but there were rather reoccurring ups and downs, moments of despair and then moments of relatively tranquillity which was an interesting development.

The reason why this movie didn't get a higher rating was the fact that I was somehow missing a punch or a twist in the end of the movie. I think it is original and unconventional that there wasn't one in the end but it would have addicted me more to the main actor and whole storyline and so I didn't completely get into the whole movie as the actors didn't do more than a good job but not an as convincing one as for example Attal and Cornillac in the brilliant "Le serpent". This distance to the actors and the story rate this movie eventually a little bit down.

But if you like a rather unusual film noir, I would suggest you to rent but maybe not buy this flick.

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10 March 2010 (France) See more »

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