Twenty-five-year old Mathieu (Pierre Niney) has always aspired to become a famous author, but despite all his efforts, he has never managed to be published. Meanwhile, he earns his living by working for a moving company. One day, on a removal job, his destiny takes a new turn as he stumbles across the manuscript of an elderly and solitary man who has recently died. Initially hesitant, Mathieu eventually decides to steal the text and pretend he wrote it. Unexpectedly, he quickly becomes the bright new star of French literature. Everyone is now eagerly anticipating his second novel, and as each day passes and pressure mounts, Mathieu plunges ever deeper into a criminal spiral of lies in order to keep his dark secret hidden.
Enthralling suspense thriller
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A talentless young French writer finds a dead man’s brilliant unpublished manuscript and passes it off as his own. No spoilers – this all happens in the first ten minutes. The book is a first-hand account of soldiering in the 1950s Algerian war. What could possibly go wrong? Finding out will keep you glued to the screen. The more dangerous and ridiculous his predicaments become, the more you’ll squirm with him. The suspense is akin to watching Kevin Costner becoming increasingly cornered in No Way Out. Great stuff, with a doozie of an ending that will make you both laugh and cry.