|Directed by||Jean-Jacques Beineix|
|Produced by||Reinhard Kloos|
|Written by||Jean-Jacques Beineix|
|Based on||Mortel Transfert
by Jean-Pierre Gattégno
Hélène de Fougerolles
|Music by||Reinhardt Wagner|
|Edited by||Yves Deschamps
|Running time||122 minutes|
Mortel Transfert is a Franco-German thriller, directed by Jean-Jacques Beineix, adapted from the novel of the same name by Jean-Pierre Gattégno. The music was provided by the composer of Roselyne et les lions, Reinhardt Wagner. Some of the paintings in the film were produced by Pierre Peyrolle, who had designed the "Try another world" poster in La Lune dans le caniveau. Mortel transfert went into production in April 2000 and was released in France on 10 January 2001.
Michel Durand is a psychoanalyst who is in the habit of dropping off to sleep while listening to his patients. At the end of one session Madame Kubler does not move. What has happened? Who killed the wife of Max Kubler, the crooked property developer? Why are Michel Durand's arms hurting so much? Can you murder someone while asleep? Michel Durand needs to do something in any case, because Police Commissioner Chapireau is investigating and Max Kubler is going crazy looking for his wife.
The general reaction to the film was that its mixture of genres, thriller and comedy, had not gelled in quite the way Beineix had wished. Several reviewers pointed to a similarity of atmosphere with Martin Scorsese's comedy thriller After Hours. The critic from Libération applauded the black humour which he felt was reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock's The Trouble with Harry and wondered if Beineix could have exploited the comedy element more. Pascal Mérigeau in Le Nouvel observateur suggested the film showed Beineix's profound self-disgust.
- Jean-Hugues Anglade as Michel Durand
- Hélène de Fougerolles as Olga Kubler
- Miki Manojlovic as Erostrate
- Valentina Sauca as Hélène Maier
- Robert Hirsch as Armand Slibovic
- Yves Rénier as Max Kubler
- Catherine Mouchet as The professor of maths
- Denis Podalydès as Commissioner Chapireau
- Phil Powrie, Jean-Jacques Beineix, Manchester University Press 2001
- Synopsis, p.200 Phil Powrie, Beineix , Manchester University Press 2001
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