Scribe (La Mecanique De L’Ombre) (15)

From first time feature director Thomas Kruithof, ‘Scribe’ stars François Cluzet (Untouchable, Tell No One, Little White Lies) as the middle aged and financially struggling man who is looking for work two years after suffering a burn-out.

He gets hired by a mysterious employer to transcribe phone tapped conversations, which propels him into the heart of a large-scale political plot and gets him trapped in the French secret services underworld.

A paranoid thriller in the spirit of ’70s pics such as ‘Marathon Man’ and ‘The Conversation’, ‘Scribe’ was originally inspired by the 1983-1984 Lebanon hostage crisis, in which three French people were kidnapped and their release was allegedly withheld by the French government so that it would benefit presidential candidate Jacques Chirac, who was then prime minister.

Action | Thriller

Dir. Thomas Kruithof, Belgium/France, 2016, 91 mins, subtitles

Cast: Francois Cluzet, Denis Podalydes, Sami Bouajila, Simon Abkarian, Alba Rohrwacher

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