Rent Scribe (2016)

3.1 of 5 from 105 ratings
1h 27min
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Synopsis:
"Scribe" stars Francois Cluzet as a 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.
Actors:
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Directors:
Thomas Kruithof
Producers:
Thibault Gast, Matthias Weber
Voiced By:
Jean-Marie Winling, Aurélie Valat, Frédéric Clou, Helena Coppejans, Sophie Dufeu, Frederic Etherlinck, Carole-Anne Junchat, Sandrine Laroche, Jean-Marie Petiniot, Martin Spinhayer, Nicole Valberg, Jean-Baptiste Beaudoin, Elodie Gaillard, Bernard Poirette, Isabelle Labeyrie, Mathilde Lemaire, Yves Izard
Writers:
Yann Gozlan, Thomas Kruithof, Marc Syrigas, Aurélie Valat
Aka:
La mécanique de l'ombre
Studio:
Arrow Films
Genres:
Thrillers
Countries:
France, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
07/08/2017
Run Time:
87 minutes
Languages:
French
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour

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Reviews (2) of Scribe

Befuddling plot, solid cast - Scribe review by JH

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29/01/2018

A film with an intriguing first half hour and set-up, a 70s-style spy thriller with mysterious shadow figures, typewriters and cassette recordings, that loses its way as it dives down into an incomprehensible labyrinthine political head-scratcher.

The muted, stripped down palette and sets and the very intentional non-digital central setup of an accountant transcribing cassette taps does remind of past films like The Conversation.

As it moves on however the initial setup does largely seem like a gimmick to have a base to move off from.

The main reason to keep watching for me is the always-engaging Cluzet.

Often called upon to play the 'everyman' in his films (e.g. Tell No One), here he plays Duval very downtrodden — unhappy with his working life, attending AA meetings and living a seemingly very solitary, structured life.

And yet when he's embroiled into criminality, he's always believable. He struggles, a fish out of water, usually to be beaten back and really gave me my only reason to keep watching: I wanted to see what would happen to Duval.

A pity given the main parlour games between shadow operatives seeking for 'the notebooks' had lost my interest well before the 87mins were done but there's also nothing especially off-putting going on either.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Underpowered thriller - Scribe review by Alphaville

Spoiler Alert
18/07/2018

French thriller in which mild-mannered accountant Francois Cluzet, France’s answer to Dustin Hoffman, takes a job with a shady organisation and finds himself involved in skulduggery. The set-up is intriguing and Cluzet is as sympathetic a lead as ever, but pacing and direction are too staid for a thriller. The plot does build as his predicament worsens, but the film is too Kafkaesque for its own good and never hits any heights.

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