Largo Winch (film)
French promotional poster
|Directed by||Jérôme Salle|
|Produced by||Philippe Godeau|
|Written by||Julien Rappeneau|
Kristin Scott Thomas
|Music by||Alexandre Desplat|
|Edited by||Richard Marizy|
Largo Winch (released in the U.S. as The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch) is a 2008 French film based on the Belgian comic book Largo Winch. It was released in France and Belgium on 17 December 2008, and in the United States in November 2011, where it was nominated for Best International Film at the 2012 Saturn Awards. A sequel was released in Belgium 16 February 2011 as The Burma Conspiracy.
In what appears to be an accidental drowning, Nerio Winch, the billionare founder and majority shareholder of the powerful and sprawling W Group, dies. He is assumed to have had no heir, but he had a well-kept secret: a son, Largo, adopted nearly thirty years earlier at a Bosnian orphanage. Largo is living the life of an adventurer and lands in Brazil, where he rescues a pretty girl from local militia men attempting to molest her. After Largo and the girl have sex, she injects him with a sedative and sets him up to be found by police. He is sent to prison.
Meanwhile, at the W Group headquarters in Hong Kong, news of the existence of Nerio's heir has the board of directors riled up. At the same time, Mikhal Korsky, a wealthy former-arms dealer, plans to make a takeover bid by buying up available shares of the company. In Brazil, Largo escapes from prison while his father's driver/bodyguard, Freddy, has come to pay for Largo's release from prison. They both escape. Largo travels to Hong Kong with the sole purpose of proving that his father's death was not an accident. As he needs to prove that he is Nerio's heir, Largo must get the shares he inherited, which would make him the majority shareholder of the company. In an attempt to gain the shares, however, he is caught in a shootout and loses them. He realizes that he is in the middle of a plot by Ferguson, his father's trusted second-in-command, whose aim is to take over the company.
Lacking tangible proof, Largo must prove that he is the heir of W Group before the company general meeting. Eventually Largo makes a deal with Mikhal Korsky, his enemy, to whom he reveals Ferguson's plan to ruin Korsky. Finally he reaches the board meeting and switches over Ferguson's speech to a secretly recorded video in which Ferguson admits to killing Nerio. Defeated, she leaves the meeting and is arrested. The film ends with Largo as the new head of the company.
- Tomer Sisley as Largo Winch
- Mélanie Thierry as Léa/Naomie
- Bojana Panic as Melina
- Karel Roden as Michail Korsky
- Kristin Scott Thomas as Ann Ferguson
- Miki Manojlović as Nerio Winch
- Radivoje Bukvic as Goran
- Elizabeth Bennett as Miss Pennywinkle
- Steven Waddington as Stephan Marcus
- Ivan Marevich as Josip
- Anne Consigny as Hannah
- Gilbert Melki as Freddy
- David Gasman as Meyer
- Jefferson Cortez as Brazilian Police Man
- Emerson Cortez as Brazilian Police Man
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