Anthony Zimmer (Original French Version with English Subtitles)
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I can see why a lot of people have given this a negative vote, as when I say it is Hitchcockian in style, I also mean that it is rather 1950's feel as well, the leading actors use a lot a facial nuances, there is no gore (but the sound effects especially the guns are excellent) and the injuries sustained by the actors seem real enough for me.
The bad news is that you are unlikely to see it anywhere as the film is now very rare on the DVD market on both sides of the Atlantic, but if you can find it online it is well worth a watch!
From there on it's the odd chase punctuated by the odd double-cross en route to a not that surprising but not unsatisfying finale, and it's easy to see the attraction for Hollywood: it's a goodlooking, undemanding entertainment with good performances from the leads and good enough support from Sami Frey's pursuing flic to make the potentially unintentionally comic cliché never-changes-his-expression stereotype play far more convincingly than it deserves.Read more ›
On the express train traveling from Lyon to Nice, a 38-year-old tourist François Taillandier (Yvan Attal) gets romantically involved wirh a beautiful woman Chiara Manzoni (Sophie Marceau), sitting opposite him. Obviously she is interested in François, a translator on vacation, and she invites the enamored François to stay at a luxury hotel in sun-soaked Nice. Next morning, however, he wakes up to find that two men are trying to break in the room - and they have guns in their hands.
As you know, "Anthony Zimmer" (2005) is the original of "The Tourist" (2010) starring Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. Like the Hollywood remake "Anthony Zimmer" is a light thriller with a convoluted storyline and some romantic touches, but there are two significant differences between the two movies. One is the running time ("Anthony Zimmer" is about 89 minutes long, while "The Tourist" about 103 minutes). The other is the lack of comic elements in "Anthony Zimmer," in which no one runs in pajama on the rooftops. The film may be a thriller or a romance, but not a comedy.
"Anthony Zimmer" directed by Jérôme Salle (his debut as a feature director) benefits from effective photography, faster narrative and tighter editing. The romance between Sophie Marceau and Yvan Attal's characters are more convincing than the counterparts in "The Tourist," but not much. "Anthony Zimmer" is entertaining with a story that is skillfully told, and (for the most part) the film tactfully blends mystery and romance, but not much of the film stays with you once it is over.
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I watched this movie probably 10 times when it was on Netflix. I just bought it on Amazon for $30 because I loved it that much. My favorite movie of all time.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
i adore this movie. every few weeks i check to see if i'll be able to find it for region A/1. one day, hopefully...Published 16 months ago by Evigan
Then see the French film on which it was based. No comparison! This film is fabulous and such great fun.Published on February 1, 2013 by Marianne
What is not to love about the south of France ? This movie was really really good. The acting was excellent and the story was a winner. Don't be put off by the sub titles. Read morePublished on June 29, 2012 by Lisa M. Ludwig
Yvan Attal's character was sexy and smart. I was thrilled with the ending. I watched it twice. The sound track is moving and emotional.Published on October 4, 2011 by lily2279
"The Tourist" with Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie is actually a remake of this little-known French film. Read morePublished on September 1, 2011 by Don Whiting