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A Pure Formality

Una pura formalità

Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore
Italy, France, 1994
  • French
  • English


Onoff is a famous writer who hasn’t published any new books for quite some time and has become a recluse. When he is picked up by the police one stormy night, without any identification, out of breath and running madly, without clear memory of recent events, the Inspector is suspicious.

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Giuseppe Tornatore, most famous for his nostalgic masterpiece Cinema Paradiso, shows another side of his cinema with this deft and claustrophobic procedural thriller. Two legends of the art form, Gerard Depardieu & Roman Polanski, go head to head in a frantic yet sublime game of cat and mouse.

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