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The Mystery of Henri Pick

Rated Parental Guidance ~ Runs 100 minutes

Dir.: Rémi Bezançon, France, 2019

Fabrice Luchini, Camille Cottin, Alice Isaaz
In French and bits of Russian with English subtitles


“Leave it to the French to craft a delectable Agatha Christie-style caper whose main characters include a famous literary critic, a deceased best-selling author, his bookworm daughter, an ambitious young publisher, and an up-and-coming writer. In Le Mystère Henri Pick, all of these suspects converge around a novel, titled The Last Hours Of A Love Story, that was allegedly written by one Henri Pick – a country bumpkin who owned a pizza parlor in Brittany. Published after Pick’s death when the manuscript is discovered in a local ‘library for refused manuscripts’, The Last Hours quickly becomes a sensation. But one outspoken critic (the always amusing Fabrice Luchini) thinks the whole thing is a sham, and, after losing his wife, his job and his prominence owing to his disparaging remarks, decides to uncover the truth. The film becomes a veritable guessing game in which both critic and movie viewer try to figure out who could have penned the novel. Lots of false leads and clues are tossed out, with references to Pushkin, Dostoevsky and Proust, among others, before the would-be detective homes in on the most likely culprits. Le Mystère Henri Pick is a highly cultivated whodunit, delivered in a fun and fluid manner.” - Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter



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August 25