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La Sentinelle
La Sentinelle
Actors: Emmanuel Salinger, Thibault de Montalembert, Jean-Louis Richard, Valérie Dréville, Marianne Denicourt
Director: Arnaud Desplechin
Genres: Indie & Art House, Mystery & Suspense
NR     1999     2hr 19min

A medical intern finds himself drawn into a world of international intrigue after discovering a shrunken human head in his luggage.


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Actors: Emmanuel Salinger, Thibault de Montalembert, Jean-Louis Richard, Valérie Dréville, Marianne Denicourt
Director: Arnaud Desplechin
Creators: Emmanuel Salinger, Arnaud Desplechin, Grégoire Sorlat, Nicole Arbib, Pascal Caucheteux, Noémie Lvovsky, Pascale Ferran
Genres: Indie & Art House, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Fox Lorber
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 08/24/1999
Original Release Date: 10/16/1998
Theatrical Release Date: 10/16/1998
Release Year: 1999
Run Time: 2hr 19min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: French
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Subtle, symbolic
Daniel S. Russell | Blacksburg, VA United States | 02/06/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The son of a diplomat (read espionage agent) chooses to become a pathologist and in turn treats the individuals he meets with more dignity and respect than the world of diplomats that surround him.Mathias is not easily shaken, as one imagines a pathologist would be. Caught in the middle of international espionage, he acts with confidence and consistency, keeping the spies at bay while he hurries to identify the head that has come into his keeping.The film has a subtle yet deliberate pace that weaves romance and light-humor in with some very macabre content -- reflecting Mathias' own life. This is not an easy story to dissect. In the confusing post-cold-war world, everyone is uneasy it seems, except a humble pathologist.I was left wanting a bit more resolution, not of plot but of characters. Still it is a charm all its own that makes it worth watching again.I can't even begin to imagine how an American director would butcher this delicate story -- so many little details that would be brushed aside for suspense or gore or sex. I can see Ben Affleck now in a high-speed espionage thriller...that completely misses the point."