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France | 2018 | 111 minutes | Antoine Raimbault
Based on a real-life case, this French courtroom thriller brings together a man accused of killing his wife and a woman obsessed with proving his innocence.
"First-time director Antoine Raimbault has... crafted a nail-biter of a courthouse thriller."—Variety
Law professor Jacques Viguier (Laurent Lucas, Raw) is on trial for his wife's murder. It's been nine years since her disappearance and, though public opinion isn't on his side, he is acquitted due to lack of evidence. But when the prosecution appeals and declares that another trial will commence, it seems like the entire legal system is out to get him. That is, not if Nora (Marina Fois, also in SIFF 2019's Sink or Swim) has anything to say about it. A single mother and brasserie chef, Nora has painstakingly gathered everything she could on the first trial and locates the region's best lawyer, Eric Dupond-Moretti (Olivier Gourmet, Two Days, One Night), pleading for him to take the case. He's initially reluctant, fearing his reputation if he lost a murder case that doesn't even have a body, but finally accepts due to the diligence of her report. And armed with 250 hours of recorded, phone-tapped evidence that was prohibited in the first trial, maybe they have a chance. But when her true relation to the case is revealed, their partnership takes a hit that could turn an acquittal into a conviction. Based on a true story, Antoine Raimbault's crackling nail-biter is a cannonball of a legal thriller that never lets up for even a second.
Antoine Raimbault is a French writer and director, known for his short films 24/24 (2001) and Good Dog (2003) as well as his debut feature Conviction (2018). Preoccupied with the workings of justice, Raimbault echoes his short Vos violences (2014) in his latest film.
Sponsored by Alliance Française de Seattle, French American School of Puget Sound
Original Language Title: Une Intime Conviction
Director: Antoine Raimbault
Principal Cast: Marina Fois, Olivier Gourmet, Laurent Lucas
Running Time: 111 minutes
Producer: Caroline Adrian
Screenplay: Antoine Raimbault, Isabelle Lazard
Cinematographers: Pierre Cottereau
Editors: Jean-Baptiste Beaudoin
Music: Gregoire Auger
Website: Official Film Website
Filmography: Debut Feature Film
Has Subtitles: Yes
International Sales: Charades