Friday, September 13, 2013
Anthony Zimmer by Jérôme Salle, 2005
with Sophie Marceau, Yvan Attal, Sami Frey, Gilles Lellouche (Tell No One - Ne le dis à personne, Little White Lies - Les Petits Mouchoirs), Daniel Olbrychski, Samir Guesmi (Granny's Funeral - Adieu Berthe, Tell No One - Ne le dis à personne), Dimitri Rataud, Nicky Marbot, Olivier Chenevat, Alban Casterman
Anthony Zimmer is a genius career criminal who is wanted by police around the world. He has used ingenious methods to launder money legally, such as creating a dummy corporation and filing a lawsuit against a firm outside of France. In addition to the police, Zimmer is wanted by the "White Collar Barons", a powerful Russian Mafia Zimmer was working for. Zimmer is an elusive character, and no known description is available as he has apparently had drastic plastic surgery to alter his appearance and voice. A standout detective, Akerman (Sami Frey), is ahead of others in the race to catch the criminal mastermind. Akerman knows that Zimmer will risk everything to see the lover he left behind, Chiara Manzoni (Sophie Marceau).
Have you seen "The Tourist", yes, ok, now watch Anthony Zimmer, no, well don't and certainly watch Anthony Zimmer. I saw it when it came out, and I found it amazing. It is not the French movie you expect, it is closer to the movie "tell no one" ("Ne le dit a personne") in the way that it is a thriller using American codes of filmmaking. But still with the french touch. Which mean, the actors are impeccable, the cinematography and editing excellent and dynamic, but there is a lot of subtlety, nuances, charm that makes it work. Which couldn't work in the American version based on the spectacular, the cascades, the passion and the - in a way - fast food kind of industry blockbuster they make, and I am not anti-American movies at all. On the contrary. I am actually now thinking about watching "The girl with the dragon tattoo" American version and I will hope they did a better job on that one. Same thing, they should be careful about subtlety, because the Swedish version was all about details and that made it excellent.