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Le concile de pierre (2006)

Director:
Guillaume Nicloux
COUNTRY
France/Italy/
Germany
GENRE
Drama/Thriller/
Fantasy/Mystery/
INTERNATIONAL TITLE
The Stone Council
RUNNING TIME
102 minutes
Producer:
Yves Marmion
Screenwriter:
Stephane Cabel
Guillaume Nicloux


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Laura Siprien Monica Bellucci ˝
Sybille Weber Catherine Deneuve
Liu-San Nicolas Thau
Serguei Makov Moritz Bleibtreu
Lucas Sami Bouajila

 

Review

This conventional mystery turned semi-supernatural thriller is lacking in most every aspect - mainly the artistic departments. The story is trite and uncreative, and if screenwriters Stephane Cabel and Guillaume Nicloux didn't make complete fools of themselves, I suspect the Jean-Christophe Grangé novel on which the film is based is likewise. From mysterious, ominous strangers, through Messiah themes and pseudo-mysticism, Le concile de pierre picks bits and pieces from traditional storytelling without getting much desired effect. Guillaume Nicloux direction is undistinguished, but I don't know many filmmakers who could have made this into a good film. Monica Bellucci's wholehearted performance and the beautiful Nicolas Thau are what you should keep your eye on.

 

Copyright © 31.7.2009 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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