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The Black Box (2005)

La boîte noire (original title)
Images flash through Arthur's brain, voices buzz in his mind, uttering disjointed words and sentences. Arthur Seligman seems to have had an accident but did he run over a little boy or not?... See full summary »

Director:

Richard Berry

Writers:

Eric Assous, Tonino Benacquista (short story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
José Garcia ... Arthur Seligman
Marion Cotillard ... Isabelle Kruger / Alice
Michel Duchaussoy ... M. Seligman, le père d'Arthur
Bernard Le Coq Bernard Le Coq ... Walcott / le docteur Granger
Héléna Noguerra ... Soraya
Gérald Laroche Gérald Laroche ... Le commissaire Koskas / Marc Koskas
Marisa Borini Marisa Borini ... Mme Seligman, la mère d'Arthur (as Marysa Borini)
Nathalie Nell Nathalie Nell ... Dr. Brenner
Lise Lamétrie Lise Lamétrie ... La gardienne
Pascal Bongard ... Clovis
Steve Campos Steve Campos ... Arthur Seligman (6 ans)
Hugo Brunswick Hugo Brunswick ... Yvan Seligman (ado)
Dominique Bettenfeld ... Policier 1
Alexandre Donders ... Le patron du café
Arnaud Maillard Arnaud Maillard ... Le petit ami de Koskas
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Storyline

Images flash through Arthur's brain, voices buzz in his mind, uttering disjointed words and sentences. Arthur Seligman seems to have had an accident but did he run over a little boy or not? And what was he doing near Cherbourg while he lives in Paris? When he regains consciousness (but does he really?) Isabelle Kruger, a nurse, tells him that he had lapsed into a coma after his accident and that she wrote down all of what he said while he was delirious. She gives him the notebook and Arthur starts investigating...HIMSELF! Written by Guy Bellinger

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Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

2 November 2005 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

€8,400,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Although the story takes place in Cherbourg, Manche, France, the outdoor hospital scenes were filmed in location in Granville, Manche, France, a hundred kilometers from Cherbourg. See more »

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Fried Hockey Boogie
Written by Larry Taylor (as Samuel Taylor)
Performed by Canned Heat
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Visually stunning
4 September 2006 | by incitatus-orgSee all my reviews

Tearing down a coastal lane, Arthur flies out of the bend only to open his eyes again in hospital. While he was out cold, his unconscious spoke, revealing his hidden self as an emotional Pandora's box. In a dreamy, confused state he battles absurdity to unravel a lingering, youthful trauma.

Visually stunning and cut at video-clip speed, you are in for quite a rush of a film. Oscillating between captivating and horrific, "The Black Box" is really well made. There are countless little examples of beautiful attention to detail scattered around. No doubt because of this attention to detail, the imperfections reveal themselves as well, but they are forgivable. But not all missteps are.

Most importantly, the story-line is not good enough. The film can get away with a somewhat flimsy story for a good hour because of the captivating presentation, but towards the end, it is almost impossible not to be disappointed by the simplistic wrap-up. A real shame, considering the effort which went into this production. Do not hesitate to watch it none the less, as you will be rewarded with plenty an attentive detail and good use of imagery with the unfortunately paranoid José Garcia stuck in the middle.


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