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The Key (2007)

La clef (original title)
One morning, Eric Vincent, a thirty-something without a past and reluctant about fatherhood, receives a phone call from a stranger proposing him to retrieve the ashes of his late father, whom he never met.

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Guillaume Nicloux
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Guillaume Canet ... Éric Vincent
Marie Gillain ... Audrey
Vanessa Paradis ... Cécile
Josiane Balasko ... Michèle Varin
Thierry Lhermitte ... François Manéri
Jean Rochefort ... Joseph Arp
Yves Verhoeven Yves Verhoeven ... Pujol
Gilles Cohen Gilles Cohen ... Larue
Laure Marsac ... Florence
Françoise Lebrun ... Florence Arp
Maria Schneider ... Solange
Emmanuel Salinger Emmanuel Salinger ... Le médecin
Hélène Alexandridis Hélène Alexandridis ... Muriel
Pascal Bonitzer Pascal Bonitzer ... Jean
Michaël Abiteboul Michaël Abiteboul ... Thierry
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One morning, Eric Vincent, a thirty-something without a past and reluctant about fatherhood, receives a phone call from a stranger proposing him to retrieve the ashes of his late father, whom he never met.

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France

Language:

French

Release Date:

19 December 2007 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Chave See more »

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$2,855,655
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2.35 : 1
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Challenging thriller
23 February 2009 | by gridoon2019See all my reviews

Jumping constantly between 2 time periods (1975 and 2007) and at least 3 different groups of characters, "The Key" is mainly an exercise in narrative complexity that does not satisfy very much emotionally. Admittedly there are some very suspenseful and well-done moments (the throat stabbing and the subsequent escape attempt), but in trying to interconnect all the different time periods and story lines, the screenwriters are forced to use a few too many coincidences, most notably at the end, when somehow almost every character ends up at the same hospital at the same time (also, I'm still not sure if the hero gets in so much trouble because he is mistaken for a thief by drug runners, or because of his father's criminal past, or both). The cast is good as usual for a French movie, but the lovely Marie Gillain unfortunately gets stuck with the poorly written character of the obnoxiously nagging wife. All in all, "Le Clef" is an interesting but forgettable experiment. **1/2 out of 4.


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