THE NIGHT CLERK

AVANT L'AUBE

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DOMINIQUE BESNEHARD will be present Monday November 7th (9:30PM) and Wednesday November 9th (11:00AM).

Director Raphaël Jacoulot's dark and atmospheric mystery, set in an isolated high-Pyrenees hotel, has all the desired elements - precise and intelligent direction, excellent casting and a great plotline in the Chabrol-Simenon tradition.

The events, as they first unfold from an innocuous opening, quickly spiral downward for la famille Couvreur. One snowy evening, despotic hotel-owner Jacques Couvreur (Jean-Pierre Bacri) sends his incompetent son down into the valley to re-stock several cases of wine. The son collides with a pedestrian and for some reason the father decides to hide the truth and say nothing about the hit-and-run accident. A young trainee, Frédéric (Vincent Rottiers), just released from prison and re-starting his life, becomes implicated in this strange affair. Inspector Poncet (Sylvie Testud), in her endearing and off-putting Columbo-esque investigative style, strives to uncover the truth behind the discovery of the corpse.

The film is a character study of a family and its secrets as well as a dissection of the workings of a grand hotel, its personnel, and its clientele. Producer extraordinaire, Dominique Besnehard, a great friend of CINEMANIA, played a pivotal role in bringing this excellent cerebral thriller to the screen. 

2011 MUNICH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL NEW FRENCH CINEMA
2011 COL-COA FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL (L.A.) OFFICIAL COMPETITION

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

Director :
Raphaël Jacoulot
Producers :
Mon Voisin Productions (Dominique Besnehard), UGC Images, TF1 Droits Audiovisuels, France 3 Cinéma, Iris Productions
Script :
Raphaël Jacoulot, Lise Macheboeuf
Cast :
Jean-Pierre Bacri,Vincent Rottiers, Sylvie Testud, Ludmila Mikaël
Duration :
100 minutes
Origin :
France / Luxembourg
Year :
2011
Sales :
TF1 International
Selected Filmography :
Barrage (2006)