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thumbnail The Translators (2020 France)

Genre, Thriller , trackback

Director: Régis Roinsard
Lambert Wilson, Olga Kurylenko, Riccardo Scamarcio
105 mins

Régis Roinsard’s cleverly concocted thriller The Translators is set within the bookish confines of best-selling paperbacks and their ruthless publishers, following a group of talented polyglots caught in a scenario straight out of Agatha Christie. What could have been a dull and very French lecture in modern linguistics becomes a high-stakes whodunit where the usual suspects are not your typical movie culprits. The script is filled with twists, red herrings, false clues and third-act reversals, keeping us guessing until fairly late in the game. Add to that Roisnard’s meticulous sense of craft — already on display in his polished 2012 début, Populaire — and you get an altogether slick package that, like the prized book at the heart of its mystery, is a page-turner that never digs too deep.

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