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Heartbeat Detector

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Mathieu Amalric, Heartbeat Detector

Heartbeat Detector

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
141 minutes
Limited Release Date:
03/14/08
performer:
Michael Lonsdale, Mathieu Amalric
director:
Nicolas Klotz
distributor:
Sophie Dulac
author:
Francois Emmanuel, Elisabeth Perceval
genre:
Drama

We gave it an A-

It’s a thin line between 20th-century Nazism and 21st-century corporate culture in Heartbeat Detector, Nicolas Klotz’s rewardingly chilly psychological thriller. Mathieu Amalric (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) plays a staff shrink at the Paris branch of a giant German-owned company, investigating the unstable behavior of a company director (Michael Lonsdale). And the two Munich costars generate fine, underplayed tension. Klotz shoots in a palette of grays, then adds Schubert and techno for effective musical disorientation. A-