French Film Review: The Night of the twelfth | EUROtoday

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Sooner or later, each police officer comes throughout a case that continues to be unsolved and haunts him. For Yohan (Bastien Bouillon), Clara’s homicide seems to be that case, and what begins as an investigation into the sufferer’s life quickly turns into an obsession.

Unusually, as viewers, we’re informed from the offset to not anticipate finding out whodunnit. There’s a stillness to this film that is fairly audacious: the brutal, gory horror of the crime (the sufferer is about alight on her method house) is in stark distinction to the beautiful mountain surroundings surrounding Grenoble, the place the motion takes place. Even her mom is struck silent by shock, relatively than giving in to the breast-beating and wailing so typically depicted.

The repeated rounds of interrogation – there isn’t any scarcity of suspects – are unusually compelling and Yohan finds himself confronted with an increasing number of doubts. The just one factor we could be sure of, it appears, is that the crime occurred on the night time of the twelfth. The movie is customized from Pauline Guéna’s ebook, 18.3-A Year With the Crime Squad, specializing in solely a 30-page part of the 500-page tome. Guéna spent a yr within the Versailles Criminal Investigation Department, experiencing the juxtaposition of every-day routine and essentially the most harrowing conditions possible.

Dominik Moll’s film was an enormous hit on the Césars, receiving ten nominations and incomes well-deserved wins in six classes, together with Best Film, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Director. The performances are additionally wonderful: Lanners gained the César for Best Supporting Actor whereas Bouillon gained Most Promising Actor.

It is a superbly made movie, albeit not the cheeriest of topic issues, and one whose haunting sorrow will stick with you.

Director: Dominik Moll

Starring: Bastien Bouillon, Bouli Lanners, Anouk Grinberg

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French Film Review: La Nuit du 12