British private investigator Xavier Lombard (Daniel Auteuil) gets a new case from an old friend at the Paris police department — a man who once saved his life and whose brother-in-law has now disappeared. As part of the assignment, Lombard must persuade a high-class prostitute (Marianne Denicourt) to help him find the boss of a pedophile network. But he soon learns he’s in serious danger.
As an Academy Award-winning cinematographer who made the successful segue to directing features, Chris Menges has carved out a successful, but understated career. Menges got his start as an assistant editor and camera operator and even worked as a sound recordist several times, before working his way up to director of photography. Menges had his first real break as a documentary cameraperson and editor in the 1960s and 1970s, traveling wherever there was war and insurrection – Burma, Angola, Vietnam and Tibet – while working with filmmaker Adrian Cowell. Once he made the permanent jump to feature films in the 1980s, Menges developed a style as a cinematographer that never overwhelmed audiences with gaudy colors or outlandish camera moves In fact, Menges understood the oft-accepted theory that color could be less realistic than black and white, because it focused the audience away from emotion to an object. Menges’ work was defined by a low-key naturalism, plain composition, and a mix… read more