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The Adversary (2002)

L'adversaire (original title)
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When a man murders his wife, children and parents, the ensuing investigation reveals that he's been living a lie for almost 20 years.

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Nicole Garcia
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Auteuil ... Jean-Marc Faure
Géraldine Pailhas ... Christine Faure
François Cluzet ... Luc
Emmanuelle Devos ... Marianne
Alice Fauvet Alice Fauvet ... Alice
Martin Jobert Martin Jobert ... Vincent
Michel Cassagne Michel Cassagne ... Le père de Jean-Marc
Joséphine Derenne Joséphine Derenne ... La mère de Jean-Marc
Anne Loiret ... Cécile
Olivier Cruveiller Olivier Cruveiller ... Jean-Jacques
Nadine Alari ... La mère de Christine
Nicolas Abraham Nicolas Abraham ... Xavier
Bernard Fresson ... Le père de Christine
François Berléand ... Rémi
Muriel Amat Muriel Amat
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When a man murders his wife, children and parents, the ensuing investigation reveals that he's been living a lie for almost 20 years.

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28 August 2002 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

El adversario See more »

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$5,747,342
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Based on a true story, that of Jean-Claude Romand, who on January 9, 1993, killed his wife, two children and both his parents. See more »

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Near the parking lot where Jean Marc Faure lives, we see, several time, a Volkswagen Golf III. This model was built and put on the market in 1991, yet the movie takes place in 1989. See more »

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Features Papa Beaver's Story Time (1993) See more »

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Oh boy! Auteuil!
9 October 2004 | by hokeybuttSee all my reviews

THE ADVERSARY (3+ outta 5 stars)

Chilling French suspense tale (based on a true story) of a seemingly well-to-do doctor, a husband and father, who turns out to be a complete fraud. He pretends to go to work in a prestigious medical building but all he does is loiter and kill time until he has to return home. He takes money from family and friends, pretending to invest it in foreign ventures... but he just uses their money to live on, buying his family more expensive homes and automobiles (plus a hot, young mistress for himself). But eventually people start demanding to see some returns on their investments... or want to withdraw large sums that the good "doctor" just doesn't have. So he keeps stalling and putting them off until he runs totally out of options and his whole world comes crashing down... resulting in his final, chilling actions. Terrific performance by Daniel Auteuil... who has the difficult job of trying to engender sympathy for a man who deserves none.


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