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4.0 out of 5 stars A well done mystery, February 15, 2011
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This review is from: Towards Zero (L'Heure Zero) (DVD)
Towards Zero (L'Heure zero) is a nice, surprisingly faithful adaptation of Agatha Christie's novel. The plot involves a house party with plenty of hidden jealousy and back-biting. First a dinner guest dies from apparently natural causes, then a woman is brutally murdered. The question is, are these deaths simply leading up to something bigger?

The acting in this movie is uniformly good. The tone is not as constant, with the drama occasionally undercut by the "humor" of the servants. There's also a strange band of musicians wandering about the countryside on a roaming carousel, for reasons I don't fully understand, but maybe the director just had some friends looking for work. This film is unrated; I should note that the violence is minimal, even with the murder. There is a brief topless scene (which is actually used for character development rather than titillation), and there is an implied sexual encounter, although nothing is seen. The English subtitles are very well-done: large, easy to read, and in sync with the actors.

All in all, this is a well-done cozy mystery and a fine way to spend a couple of hours.
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