A film Yann Gozlan

Cast: Pierre Niney, Ana Girardot, André Marcon

English: An Ideal Man. 

Mathieu (Pierre Niney) has a regular job but his dream job is to be a great writer one go those days. But nothing gives and he is not be able to be published. He works with his uncle who has a moving business. His fate changes when he stumbled upon the manuscript of a lonely old man who has just died. Mathieu hesitated before finally seize the chance type it on his computer, and sign his name to it. Became the most new hope for French literatures. 3 years later his publisher is still waiting around for his second novel and becomes more urgent.  Every day Mathieu will plunge into a pool of lies and criminal spiral to preserve at all costs his secret .

Here is a nice little French thriller done à la Claude Chabrol / Hitchcock and nicely done at that. What if you found a manuscript in an old man house who had no family and you were a writer who could not get published what would you do. Well you have to say to yourself what if? And that is not what Mathieu said to himself although he hesitated at first. The minute that he took the responsibility to sign his name to it one thing led to another and it is all going down from there. He become desperate to write an other novel but for 3 years nothing. His publisher gave him an advance and wants it back by the end of the week and Mathieu panics. It is like a weight on his shoulder that becomes heavier. Mathieu is a man who is ready to do everything it takes to keep is secret and slowly he becomes this monster. It is a different form of double personality. Great acting from Niney here who just receive a Palm d’Or at Cannes for best actor for the film Yves Saint Laurent (2014). The cinematography totally awesome I love that the fact Gozlan film that one in a big mansion in the country near a beach. We do have the most beautiful Mansion in France. Here is a thriller that works well but not surreal but who care it is entertaining.




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