In Too Deep?
♦Tripwire’s editor-in-chief JOEL MEADOWS takes a look at new French thriller Scribe, directed by Thomas Kruithof and out now…
Director: Thomas Kruithof
Stars: François Cluzet, Denis Podalydes, Sami Bouajila, Simon Abkarian, Alba Rohrwacher
Scribe is a French thriller starring Cluzet (Untouchable, Tell No One, Little White Lies) as office worker Duval, who finds himself suddenly losing his job. Out of the blue, he is offered a new position where he has to sit and transcribe tapes of interviews. But he cannot tell anyone else what he does and as the weeks progress, he realises that he has taken on a job that isn’t quite what he assumed it was when he signed up.
Cluzet is excellent as he has an expressive face and a very likeable demeanour that means that the viewer automatically warms to him. The filmmakers have described this as a thriller in the vein of classics like Marathon Man and The Conversation and while it isn’t quite as well-made as those films, Scribe is a very solid French thriller with some good performances.
One of the problems with Scribe is that it is actually a little short in terms of its running time and so when the end comes, you feel like it’s a little bit of an anticlimax. It could have done with a longer running time to develop its concepts a little more fully and give it more dramatic heft.
Even though this is Kruithof’s debut feature, Scribe feels like the work of a more experienced director. The presence of Cluzet helps to give this more weight and gravitas. He does dominate the film even though the rest of the cast including Rohrwacher are pretty decent.
So Scribe isn’t a classic but it is a very well put together French political thriller with a powerful central performance from François Cluzet.
Scribe is out now in UK cinemas