Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Scribe (2016) La mécanique de l'ombre

Cluset- a French Hoffman look-a-like 

Now I love Hitchcock movies.....many moons ago in my first year of my film studies degree, all of my best marked assignments more or less covered most of his most famous movies.
Tonight I treated myself to a showing of La Mecanique de l'ombre which couldn't have looked more Hitchcockian if it had dug up Kim Novack and forced her limp dead body into a a snug grey suit!
Duval ( Francois Cluset) is a sixty something failure. An OCD , ex alcoholic , he is recruited to a mystery corporation to transcribe taped conversations of people under surveillance. After hearing a phonecall where someone is potentially murdered , Duval realises that he is not employed by the French government but by a corporate organisation ready to kill anyone who gets in their politically sensitive way.
Yeap, it could be The Man who knew too much, North By Northwest or Rear Window with the shopworn Cluset standing in very well for the more chiseled Cary Grant or James Stewart , men in over their heads as twists and turns playfully baffle the audience.
If you have 90 minutes to spare.
Go and see it....its great fun

15 comments:

  1. Ooooh I would love to see it. He looks like a handsome Dustin Hoffman !
    I am waiting for a hurricane to hit :(

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    1. Been thinking about you and the kitties all day.

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  2. Hi John,
    I think Kim is alive and well, 84 years old and living in Southern Oregon...

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    1. She died in vertigo

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    2. Ha! How right you are.

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  3. Anonymous2:39 am

    As your previous poster noted, Ms. Novak is alive and well. As for the summarized plot, it sounds very much like the movie The Conversation with Gene Hackman. You may want to check it out.

    Betty

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  4. Kim Novak's body is not dead yet but may well be limp since she is now 84 years old.

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  5. I will definitely check this movie out if it comes to a theatre near me.

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  6. ooo, sounds lovely. I'm looking for good escapism.

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  7. English subtitles? Presumably - well sorry John but my brain never works quick enough to take them in and convert them. It never ceases to amaze me how you get such weird films in such an out of the way area.

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  8. (I've just seen your mentioning of this on my own blog).
    Strange how somewhere like neighbouring art-conscious Brighton (with two 'art-house' cinemas comprising three screens) doesn't get a film like this (yet?) while you do. It just ain't fair!

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  9. I did have a chuckle about digging Kim Novak up. loved Hitchcock films.

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  10. I love when you speak French!

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  11. He is also very good in 'Tell Noone' and 'Untouchable'...

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