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Heartbeat Detector

Heartbeat Detector

Review score: * * * * *

cast: Mathieu Amalric, Michael Lonsdale, Edith Scob,

year: 2007

colour: yes


director: Nicolas Klotz

runtime: 143

Intriguing, frustrating, exasperating — the French film “Heartbeat Detector” succeeds best as a provocation. An alternately abstract and blunt intellectual exercise, this artful assemblage of bodies, ideas and camera setups stars Mathieu Amalric as Simon, the staff shrink for the French branch of a German-owned petrochemical company called SC Farb. Something is amiss at Farb, notably its faltering, failing chief executive, Mathias Jüst, played as an epic of agony and fragility by the indispensable Michael Lonsdale.


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