Thomas Kruithof | France / Belgium | 2017 | 88 mins | 18+ | French with English subtitles
Duval (François Cluzet) is the perfect employee – thoughtful, persistent, efficient and committed to his work. But after a drink-fuelled breakdown, the middle-aged loner finds jobs hard to come by. When a mysterious businessman offers him a well-paid position within his ‘security’ firm, Duval can’t refuse. He turns a blind eye to his new boss’s eccentricities and the possible illegal nature of his work as he transcribes a series of taped private telephone calls. But when one of them results in murder, Duval can no longer stay quiet, unaware that his mundane existence is about to be turned upside down. What unravels is a deadly conspiracy that leads all the way up to the upper echelons of French government. Scribe is deftly handled by debut director Thomas Kruithof and the film pays homage to the classic paranoid political thrillers of the 1970s, while staying relevant to the spirit of these volatile times.
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