From writer/director Régis Roinsard (‘Populaire’), this ingenious and wicked crime ‘whodunit’ sees nine international language experts as suspects, when the first ten pages of a new literary blockbuster is leaked online.

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Director: Régis Roinsard
Cast: Lambert Wilson, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Olga Kurylenko, Riccardo Scamarcio, Eduardo Noriega, Alex Lawther, Manolis Mavromatakis, Maria Leite, Frédéric Chau, Anna Maria Sturm, Sara Giraudeau
Duration: 105 mins
Country of Origin: France

MMature themes, violence, coarse language and sexual references

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The Translators

★★★★
“Clever and very enjoyable – it’s delicious this film. Funny and so intricately and ingeniously plotted… Regis Roinsard gleefully leads us down the garden path. All the performances are really beautifully attuned to the material.”
Margaret Pomeranz, FOXTEL ARTS SCREEN

★★★★
“A tasty, twisty suspense movie that keeps you guessing through its taut running time. So well directed and photographed, the extravagant plot is engagingly packaged and there’s a flawless ensemble of actors on display. It’s the sort of film that admirers will want to see more than once in order to work out just how cleverly they were fooled the first time around. I’ll certainly be back a second time!”
David Stratton, THE AUSTRALIAN

“A cleverly concocted crowd-pleaser. A high-stakes whodunit where the usual suspects are not your typical movie culprits. Enjoyable in a guilty pleasure sort of way, just like any good airport novel — or, to translate that into French, roman de gare (train station novel).”
Jordan Mintzer, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“Tremendous fun. An original, suspenseful iso thriller and a compelling piece of cinema. Just when you think you know what’s happened the story takes off in a different direction.”
John McDonald, AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW

★★★★
“Clever. A slick, commercial entertainment. I guessed some, but by no means all, of the twists and came out having had a good time.”
Ron Cerabona, THE CANBERRA TIMES

“Agatha Christie meets The Breakfast Club in this glossy whodunit.”
Jason Di Rosso, ABC RADIO NATIONAL

★★★★
“High voltage virtuosity.”
Pierre Vavasseur, LE PARISIEN

★★★★
“Hard to resist! The Translators is the enjoyable cinematic counterpart to a page-turner, ravenously devoured.”
Jessica Ellicott, THE BIG ISSUE

★★★★
“An emphatic suspense.”
Marie-Noëlle Tranchant, LE FIGARO

★★★★
“As effective as it is fun.”
Sabrina Nadjar, FEMME ACTUELLE

★★★★
“A thriller built on intelligently plotted mystery. The tension builds steadily and leads through a series of amusing twists, turns, and plummeting fortunes to a resolution that will leave you thinking the story through but satisfied that the necessary sleight of hand has treated you fairly.”
John P. Harvey, BMA MAGAZINE

“Tremendous fun. A purely enjoyable, visceral thrill of a movie.”
Daryl MacDonald, FILM INQUIRY

From writer/director Régis Roinsard (Populaire), this ingenious new whodunit is an Agathe Christie-style mystery in the vein of recent hits Knives Out and Murder on the Orient Express, featuring a terrific international cast.

The eagerly awaited final book of a best-selling Dragon Tattoo-esque French trilogy is about to be globally released, and nine international language experts have been hired to translate it into their native tongues (English, Danish, Mandarin, Spanish, Russian, Italian, Portuguese, Greek and German). With the stakes so high, the supercilious publisher (Lambert Wilson) has them on lock-down, confined together in a bunker – without any contact to the outside world – until the task is completed.

So when the first ten pages of the top-secret manuscript inexplicably leak online with a ransom threat, it’s evident that the thief could only be amongst them. Their increasingly paranoid and desperate captor is ready to do whatever it takes to unmask him… or her… or them.

MORE…
[watch] Margaret Pomeranz reviews “The Translators” for Foxtel Arts – Screen (17/09/20)

[watch] David Stratton reviews “The Translators” (12/09/20)

“Literary lockdown: how translating a Dan Brown novel made for a thriller plot” – The Guardian (30/04/20)


The Translators