Monday, August 15, 2011

Un Polar Français: Mieux Que La Version Anglaise

What's more quintessentially English than an Agatha Christie novel? So I had some trepidation when I decided to watch a French film adaptation of one of my favorite Christie novels, Towards Zero (L'Heure zéro). It has all the Christie elements, including plenty of suspects, red herrings, and the final scene where all is revealed.

The movie has a certain French sensibility that actually works with the story; and, unlike the British 2007 version with Geraldine McEwan as Miss Marple, this version is truer to the original novel. Don't expect to see Miss Marple, but instead, Superintendent Battle. Battle was an early Christie detective known for his quiet intelligence.

L'Heure zéro is available on Netflix's streaming, and I highly recommend it for an enjoyable evening's entertainment. I know that some people are put off by subtitles; but in this case, the movie is worth watching. 

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