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The Art Dealer (2015)

L'antiquaire (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, History, Thriller | 18 March 2015 (France)
A young woman is searching, today, in Paris, the collection of paintings stolen to her Jewish family during WWII.

Director:

François Margolin

Writers:

Jean-Claude Grumberg (screenplay), François Margolin (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Sigalevitch Anna Sigalevitch ... Esther
Michel Bouquet ... Raoul
Robert Hirsch Robert Hirsch ... Claude Weinstein
François Berléand ... Simon
Louis-Do de Lencquesaing ... Melchior
Adam Sigalevitch Adam Sigalevitch ... Gaspard
Alice de Lencquesaing Alice de Lencquesaing ... Jeanne
Niels Schneider ... Klaus
Benjamin Siksou Benjamin Siksou ... Jean
Fabienne Babe Fabienne Babe ... Fabienne
Christophe Bourseiller ... Hurtado
Olga Grumberg Olga Grumberg ... La rédactrice en chef
Lolita Chammah ... Sophie, la collègue d'Esther
Caterina Barone Caterina Barone ... La bibliothécaire
Florence Mestais Florence Mestais ... La bibliothécaire remplaçante
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A young woman is searching, today, in Paris, the collection of paintings stolen to her Jewish family during WWII.

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France

Language:

French

Release Date:

18 March 2015 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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EUR1,900,000 (estimated)
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Not a masterpiece, but it's good, I recommend it
23 October 2019 | by sashlaurenSee all my reviews

This film by François Margolin and starring an enigmatic, talented Anna Sigalevitch is an interesting movie to review because I liked it to a certain degree, but was baffled and irritated by it as well.

The story is about a Jewish magazine journalist in current day Paris who investigates her own family's history in order to learn the truth about her suspected theft of hundreds of pieces of her family's artwork via collaboration of her great uncle, who worked undercover for the Gestapo during World War II. It's a cat and mouse game, with Anna as Esther, a chainsmoking, determined, flawed woman, in a detective-like tan trenchcoat and scarf, who riffles through her own father's belongings - against his knowkedge - in search of evidence.

I liked the subject matter, the artwork, and found some of the cinematography alluring. I also learned some basics about the topic of artwork stolen from Jews during the Nazi regime, however the film felt muddled and confusing at times. It took a while to figure out who was who. I felt that showing old filmreels in color instead of black and white was an odd choice, and Esther's incessant smoking was distracting.

Although I hoped she would unravel and expose the secrets, lies, theft, and betrayals, there weren't likeable characters to care about. Also, there were two scenes that were both gratuitous and poorly executed that added to my overall frustration with the film.

So although L'Antiquaire is not a Masterpiece and has some flaws, I would recommend the film for the subject matter. I did enjoy it.


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