Rent Scribe (2016)

3.1 of 5 from 105 ratings
1h 27min
Rent Scribe (aka La mécanique de l'ombre) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
  • General info
  • Available formats
"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.
, , , , , , , , , , , , , Yves Jadoul, Christian Hening, , , Jamal Hallouzi, Xavier Wttrwulghe, Patrick Takou
Thomas Kruithof
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
Yann Gozlan, Thomas Kruithof, Marc Syrigas, Aurélie Valat
La mécanique de l'ombre
Arrow Films
France, Thrillers
Release Date:
Run Time:
87 minutes
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1

Rent other films like Scribe

Reviews (2) of Scribe

Befuddling plot, solid cast - Scribe review by JH

Spoiler Alert

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

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.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Help & support

Find answers to frequently asked questions and contact us should you need to

How It Works

See prices and levels and find out how Cinema Paradiso service works

Friends for Films

Invite your friends to join and get free subscription each month