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Counter Investigation (2007)

Contre-enquête (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Romance | 7 March 2007 (France)
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A cop investigates whether the man convicted of murdering his daughter is really guilty.

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Richard Malinowski
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Daniel Eckmann
Agnès Blanchot ...
Claire Malinowski
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Josse
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Michel Arnalde
Jean-François Garreaud ...
Salinas
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Docteur Delmas
Alexandra Goncalvez ...
Emilie Malinowski
Claudine Vincent ...
Catherine Courrieux
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Christiane Carlier
Marie Guillard ...
Mathilde Josse
Gabriel Mancuso ...
Gabriel Josse
Thierry Bosc ...
Albin Schneider
Jean-Pierre Germain ...
Jean-François Perrin
Benjamin Guyot ...
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Richard is a typical cop who spends too much time on the job and isn't always there for his family. One day as he's preparing to spend some quality time with his young daughter he gets an urgent call and responds to it - when he returns home his daughter is missing, but her body is quickly discovered. Racked with guilt he is also filled with hatred for the man arrested for the crime, but after being sent to prison the convict eventually manages to lure Richard into a secret correspondence. Doubts begin to surface - was he really the guilty man, or could this have been work of another serial child abductor who may have been in the area? Richard launches his own investigation, and finally uncovers a new witness. Gritty detective thriller. Written by Graham Inglis

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Crime | Romance

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Flawed, but overall satisfying!
28 October 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Contre-Enquete is the prime example of a movie that is not really well directed, but that is carried on by his actors. If you like your direction tight and extensive, this is not a movie for you.

You seldom feel rushed into the action, the scenes are too short and everything happens in the same time, which makes it difficult to get attached to the characters. In its first twenty minutes, the movie out pours a lot of emotional scenes that comes out as being cheesy because...well the movie is just starting! Nobody really cares about the characters yet.

But there is all the bad I have to say. The odyssey of a broken down father to find the true murderer of his daughter is a gripping tale that has Jean Dujardin and Laurent Lucas as their shining stars. Their play is subtle, tight and leaves the viewer in a total state of confusion towards the potential ending of the movie.

It could have been a landslide due to its predictability and its sloppiness, but Dujardin and Lucas made this an overall rather enjoying experience.


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