A Perfect Man (Un homme idéal)
Release Year: 2015
Director: Yann Gozlan
Writers: Yann Gozlan (story & dialogue), Guillaume Lemans (story & dialogue), Grégoire Vigneron (dialogue)
Starring: Pierre Niney, Ana Girardot, André Marcon, Valéria Cavalli, Thibault Vinçon, Marc Barbé, Sacha Mijovic
A struggling young writer (Pierre Niney) finds a manuscript written be a deceased man and decides to publish it as his own work. But the dream life he envisioned eventually turns sour and derails when a blackmail who knows his secret appears.
This tense French thriller revolves around the fateful decision of a young man and the increasingly heavy prize he has to pay. One cannot help but think that Hitchcock would have loved to do a version of this. The film is about wrong thing can go when ambition and a desire for a certain lifestyle overshadows the joy of the work. Young Mathieu (Pierre Niney) wants to be a famous author but apparently writes to be published and not for the joy of writing. As often, one immoral decision leads to a descent into a more and more troublesome and hellish existence as he struggles to hide the truth from his lovely girlfriend (Ana Girardot). The actors are all great and the film is competently made and well put together. The tension builds and towards the end until it feels almost suffocating but the film does slack a bit in parts and apart from some effective imagery and a thrilling third act , it does lack the certain je-ne-sais-quoi that could have made it into something great. A slow-burning thriller that will please fans of the genre.
The film has a very similar plot to the American film The Words (2012) and the German film Lila, Lila (2009) based on the novel by MArtin Suter
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