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Dan Carrier’s movies news: French political thriller Scribe

21 July, 2017 — By Dan Carrier

Francois Cluzet in Scribe

THERE is something mesmeric about the French political thriller Scribe.

It tells the story of a recovering alcoholic Duval (Francois Cluzet), who after losing his job as an accountant in an insurance firm is washed up and lonely with just jigsaw puzzles to keep him going.

A chance meeting finds him given work for a shady government character, tapping out the taped conversations of those up to no good.

The action focuses on how Duval transcribes the phone calls between people involved in a hostage crisis – and with elections coming up, how government agencies act on the information he commits to paper.

But who is he really working for? Who can he trust? And are the government security departments, which should be separate from the power-grab manoeuvrings of politicians, able to rise above using information as power to shape the polls?

Carefully made, with a slow burning and intriguing plot, Scribe is an intelligent thriller with some chilling thoughts on the nature of the State and how it is held to account.

Added to this is the fact Cluzet is a Dustin Hoffman lookalike, and finds himself in a bind that Hoffman’s Babe Levy in Marathon Man would recognise.

There is much to like about this downplayed tale of political skulduggery, coming to our screens in a period when Western democracies are going through yet another crisis of confidence in the institutions that ask us to have blind faith in their machinations.

Compelling stuff.

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