Fifth about The Seventh

The Translators (Les Traducteurs)

The Translators: the concept of Régis Roinsard’s film, a sort of whodunit/heist film in the world of book translations, is quite an interesting one, and the plot is filled with surprises, as one might expect. The problem is that the large number of characters, while expected to increase the pool of suspects, is left unexplored, and most of them end up underdeveloped. In that sense, the large and international cast is left holding the bag, without much to do other than looking nondescript; the one exception ends up being Lambert Wilson, who plays the publisher that puts the end product above all else, a truly hateful creation. The film generally looks good in its limited space, and Loïc Lallemand’s editing keeps the surprises coming without telegraphing them too much.

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