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Scribe (2016)

La mécanique de l'ombre (original title)
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The unemployed Duval is contacted by a mysterious organization to transcribe intercepted calls. He accepts the job with no suspicions, since it restores stability to his life, but it will soon result in political shenanigans of all kinds.

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Thomas Kruithof

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Thomas Kruithof (original scenario), Yann Gozlan (original scenario) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
François Cluzet ... Duval
Denis Podalydès ... Clément (as Denis Podalydès de la Comédie Française)
Sami Bouajila ... Labarthe
Simon Abkarian ... Gerfaut
Alba Rohrwacher ... Sara
Philippe Résimont Philippe Résimont ... De Grugy
Daniel Hanssens Daniel Hanssens ... Albert
Bruno Georis ... Le bras droit de Labarthe
Olivier Bony ... Le voisin
Bernard Eylenbosch Bernard Eylenbosch ... L'homme de main
Alexia Depicker ... La responsable RH
Nader Farman Nader Farman ... Al-Shamikh
Angelo Dello Spedale Angelo Dello Spedale ... Pernot
Yves Jadoul Yves Jadoul ... Le vieil homme du couloir
Christian Hening Christian Hening ... L'employé de ménage (as Christian Hening de Franceschi)
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The unemployed Duval is contacted by a mysterious organization to transcribe intercepted calls. He accepts the job with no suspicions, since it restores stability to his life, but it will soon result in political shenanigans of all kinds.

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Action | Thriller

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Country:

Belgium | France

Language:

French

Release Date:

11 January 2017 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Eavesdropper See more »

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Budget:

$5,200,000 (estimated)
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The jigsaw puzzle that Duval (François Cluzet) is seen doing, is of Rembrandt's 'Jeremiah Lamenting the Destruction of Jerusalem'. See more »

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We see Duval (François Cluzet) typing with two fingers, but in the close-ups we see the hands typing with ten fingers. See more »

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Shadowy spy story proves devil is in the detail and there's not enough devil
6 August 2018 | by shakercoolaSee all my reviews

This is a spy thriller with a minimalist style and a paranoid feel. It has theme about one who places trust in those who don't trust others.The strength in the script is that it places the viewer right in the predicaments about telling the truth, and being trapped with seemingly no way out. For this it should be given credit for the genuine feeling of intrigue. Atmosphere builds very well but it is impossibly to sustain as a crime enters the storyline where the impact is low in atmosphere. From then on there are difficulties with plot holes about the scribe's options. The uneventful daily routine, where our middle-aged, recently long term-unemployed protagonist sits in an empty modern apartment and types up mundane phone conversations on an old fashioned typewriter is a bit far fetched, as is his easy trust of his anonymous employer who presumably he would have vetted after such a strange job interview. But, all in all, it is a slightly above average thriller.


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