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Grey Souls

Grey Souls

cast: Jean-Pierre Marielle, Jacques Villeret, Denis Podalydès

year: 2005

colour: yes

certificate:

director: Yves Angelo

runtime: 106

Eleven years after his screen version of Balzac's Colonel Chabert Yves Angelo's adaptation of Philippe Claudel's award-winning novel, is an absorbing whodunit set in a small town close to the First World War front where thousands of soldiers are butchered every day. Two of France's finest character actors, the veteran Jean-Pierre Marielle, shortly to appear in The Da Vinci Code, and Jacques Villeret, who died in January 2005 aged 53, give absorbing performances in a compelling and sombre account of provincial life at a time of intense social stress. Marielle plays Destinat, an elderly state prosecutor who comes under suspicion after a young girl is found strangled by the side of a canal a few hours after he was seen alone with her. The case is taken up by the local examining magistrate Mierck (Villeret), an ingratiating, bombastic individual. As the investigation proceeds more murky secrets come to the surface ... Between dark and light, this subtle drama emphasises the duality of human nature

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