6.5/10
572
14 user 2 critic

Sans mobile apparent (1971)

A strange series of murders are being committed in Nice on the French riviera. The commissionaire Carella is in charge and tries desperately to find a missing link between all of these ... See full summary »

Director:

Philippe Labro

Writers:

Evan Hunter (novel) (as Ed McBain), Vincenzo Labella | 2 more credits »
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

L'Alpagueur is a free-lance spy from the French secret agency. He's put on the investigation about L'epervier, a serial-killer who employs young boys to help him robbing banks before ... See full summary »

Director: Philippe Labro
Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Bruno Cremer, Jean Négroni
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

During World War II, a British actor impersonates Field Marshal Montgomery in order to confuse German intelligence.

Director: John Guillermin
Stars: M.E. Clifton James, John Mills, Cecil Parker
Lilith (1964)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A war veteran gets work at a mental institution where he meets the beautiful, but eccentric, Lilith.

Director: Robert Rossen
Stars: Warren Beatty, Jean Seberg, Peter Fonda
The Secret (1974)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A stranger enters into and forever alters the life of a couple. He claims to be pursued by certain authorities who intend to prevent him from disclosing a secret that only he holds, whence ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Enrico
Stars: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Marlène Jobert, Philippe Noiret
The Cop (1970)
Crime | Thriller | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Barnero is a bitter cop working in a city he considers rotten.

Director: Yves Boisset
Stars: Michel Bouquet, Françoise Fabian, Gianni Garko
The Inheritor (1973)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Bart Cordell, is unanimously considered as a daddy's boy and an insignificant playboy. So, when he suddenly becomes head of his father's financial empire following his death, nobody ... See full summary »

Director: Philippe Labro
Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Carla Gravina, Jean Rochefort
Crime | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An unstable former French Sergeant commits many atrocities. A judge considers how this case could benefit or damage his career.

Director: Bertrand Tavernier
Stars: Philippe Noiret, Michel Galabru, Isabelle Huppert
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A blind American writer living in London stumbles upon a criminal conspiracy involving kidnapping and extortion.

Director: Henry Hathaway
Stars: Van Johnson, Vera Miles, Cecil Parker
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A US Army colonel in France tries to track down an escaped sex maniac.

Director: René Clément
Stars: Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland, Marlène Jobert
Cookies (1975)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Henri is a middle-aged travelling umbrella salesman from Saumur who lives a sexless and unhappy married life with his puritan wife and two children. Painting is the only true passion of ... See full summary »

Director: Joël Séria
Stars: Jean-Pierre Marielle, Dolores McDonough, Jeanne Goupil
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An old professor rents a mysterious old villa, and finds a tape recorded by a previous occupant, detailing her debauched lifestyle and the events leading to her murder.

Director: Sauro Scavolini
Stars: Erika Blanc, Peter Lee Lawrence, Ezio Marano
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A disturbed young woman is kept prisoner in a castle by her aunt for her money. The game-keeper, her guardian, tries to rape her but she escapes. In her flight she meets a man also running ... See full summary »

Director: Patrice Chéreau
Stars: Charlotte Rampling, Bruno Cremer, Edwige Feuillère
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Louis Trintignant ... Stéphane Carella
Dominique Sanda ... Sandra Forest
Sacha Distel ... Julien Sabirnou
Carla Gravina ... Jocelyne Rocca
Paul Crauchet ... Francis Palombo
Laura Antonelli ... Juliette Vaudreuil
Jean-Pierre Marielle ... Perry Rupert-Foote
Stéphane Audran ... Hélène Vallée
Gilles Ségal ... Di Bozzo (as Gilles Segal)
Pierre Dominique Pierre Dominique ... Doume
Erich Segal Erich Segal ... Hans Kleinberg
Jean-Jacques Delbo Jean-Jacques Delbo ... Le supérieur / Commissioner
André Falcon André Falcon ... Le sous-préfet / Mayor
Alexis Sellan Alexis Sellan ... Pierre Barroyer
Esmeralda Ruspoli Esmeralda Ruspoli ... Madame Forest
Edit

Storyline

A strange series of murders are being committed in Nice on the French riviera. The commissionaire Carella is in charge and tries desperately to find a missing link between all of these murders. Written by Jean-Yves Simon <simon@wotangate.micro.ti.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

One of them is the next victim. One is the killer. We challenge you to guess who. See more »

Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

15 September 1971 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Without Apparent Motive See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

[All goofs for this title are spoilers.] See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Disappointing!
29 December 2014 | by peterosenauSee all my reviews

By the end of 1971, "Dirty Harry" was released in the US, and "Sans mobile apparent" in France. Both do have clear similarities. One of the two was a groundbreaking cop-thriller, paving the way for the genre, the other one was quickly forgotten. Guess who is who?

Nice: A sniper kills four people. Ace cop Carella is searching for the missing link between the victims.

This is all you need to say about the plot, there is really not much more about it. Sure, the screenplay tries to add various aspects, but fails miserably. The biggest letdown is Carella himself. I've rarely seen an uber-cop as boring as him. He is noteworthy because he continuously washes his hand, and he is apparently the best marksman in the world (ridiculously exaggerated in one certain scene). But that's about it. There is a difference between being cool and annoying. I'm not sure Trintignant knew. Either he was bored to death when shooting this, or he was just wooden – I'd rather go for the first option. But then there are two instances in the movie when he smiles – this is so unintentionally funny it almost hurts. Well, to his defense, the screenplay just doesn't have anything in store for his character. Totally implausible he were in love with one of the victims (is Nice that small?) and would even quit duty at the end of the movie. This is not working at all. By 1971 the Italians did great "dirty cop" thrillers with Franco Nero, and the aforementioned "Dirty Harry" was in the starting blocks – compared to those charismatic guys Monsieur Carella is an utter disappointment. It's just not enough to have a title cards trying to sell that guy as a bad-ass adventurer…

The screenplay does have a reasonable pace, at least enough to avoid total boredom. But the victims are killed quickly and you can tell minutes in advance who'll be next. Just in very few sequences some real tension and speed can be found, otherwise this is just tedious and resembles a TV procedural. The missing link then arrives out of the blue and is totally far-fetched. A poor excuse to connect the random victims, just to drag out the police investigation. No surprise then that the finale is just as rushed and constructed as the rest of the plot, failing to provide any tension.

Of course it's not all bad. The Mediterranean scenery is quite nice (let's forget about the shaky helicopter shots in the beginning), Ennio Morricone provides a very cool score. In a small role we get to see Laura Antonelli, whose striking beauty and fragility is quite memorable. Unfortunately she kind of overacts in one particular scene, but otherwise she is very convincing and a better screenplay would have capitalized on her character. And I basically liked the real-time approach in some sequences, but it's just done too rarely and without too much effect.

Overall I could recommend this to die-hard fans of Trintignant only. Anyone who just wants to see a good cop thriller should avoid it. There are plenty of better alternatives out there.


1 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 14 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed