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In the Shadow of Iris (2016)

Iris (original title)
Iris, young wife of a banker, disappears in Paris. Maybe a mechanic with many debts is involved in the strange affair. A really complicated job for the police.

Director:

Jalil Lespert

Writers:

Andrew Bovell (screenplay), Jérémie Guez (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Romain Duris ... Max / Mechanic
Jalil Lespert Jalil Lespert ... Antoine / Husband
Hélène Barbry Hélène Barbry ... Iris / Wife
Charlotte Le Bon ... Claudia / Antoine's Mistress
Adel Bencherif ... Malek / Capitaine / superintendent
Camille Cottin ... Nathalie / Capitaine / superintendent
Sophie Verbeeck ... Nina / Max's ex-wife
Jalis Laleg Jalis Laleg ... Eli / Max's son
Violetta Sanchez Violetta Sanchez ... Sarah / Antoine's assistant
Gina Haller Gina Haller ... Laura
Félix Cohen Félix Cohen ... Maître d'hôtel restaurant / Butler
Waël Sersoub Waël Sersoub ... Voiturier / Waiter restaurant
Benoit Rabillé Benoit Rabillé ... Agent police 1
Antoine Bujoli Antoine Bujoli ... Agent police 2
Mourad Frarema Mourad Frarema ... Flic / Cop 1 Monceau
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Storyline

Iris, the statuesque dark-haired wife of the wealthy Parisian banker, Antoine Doriot, vanishes into thin air while the latter settles the bill at an elegant restaurant downtown. Furthermore, things will take a turn for the worse, when only a few hours later, much to his surprise, Antoine will receive a disturbing call from a merciless kidnapper demanding half a million euros in ransom in exchange for his abducted wife. As a result, under police surveillance, Antoine will follow to the letter the kidnapper's instructions with the intention to deliver the money, nevertheless, nothing will go as planned. By now, not much is making sense, while the helpless Iris is still missing. What has really happened to her? Written by Nick Riganas

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Genres:

Thriller

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TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Belgium

Language:

French

Release Date:

16 November 2016 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

In the Shadow of Iris See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Is this a flashback or just my imagination?
19 February 2018 | by richard-fieldhouseSee all my reviews

A Paris banker's glamorous wife seems to have been abducted. What has that to do with the struggling garage mechanic? The plot is unveiled through a fairly confusing sequence of apparently disjointed scenes and flashbacks which eventually begin to make sense. The actors - Romain Duris as the mechanic, Charlotte Le Bon and Jalil Lespert as the banker play their parts well.

Other reviewers have said there are holes in the plot, but I'm not so sure. It doesn't help that all French people apparently look the same: tall, dark-haired... All the men have beards. I hoped in vain for somebody who might be blond - or non-white. I've even watched the beginning of the film back through and I think everything does hang together - or near enough anyway. It is just the pace of events - some happening off-screen or presented out of order - that leads to confusion.

And, of course it's a French film - in French. This also means we aren't afraid of a little nakedness here and there - or S&M for that matter - wherever they can be worked into the plot. Not so much though as to get in the way of the story.

The result is a dark and atmospheric thriller which is worth watching whether you worry about it making complete sense or not.


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