VIENNA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

AGENT TROUBLE

V' 10

AGENT TROUBLE

Jean-Pierre Mocky
F, 1987
Fiction, 90min, OmeU

AGENT TROUBLE

Jean-Pierre Mocky
F, 1987
Fiction, 90min, OmeU

Actors: 
Catherine Deneuve
Amanda Weber
Richard Bohringer
Alex
Tom Novembre
Victorien
Dominique Lavanant
Karen
Pierre Arditi
Stanislas
Kristin Scott Thomas
Julie
Screenplay: 
Jean-Pierre Mocky nach dem Roman «The Man Who Loved Zoos» von Malcolm Bosse
Sound: 
Jean-Bernard Thomasson
Camera: 
William Lubtchansky
Editor: 
Jean-Pierre Mocky
Composer: 
Gabriel Yared
Decoration: 
Michèle Abbe
Costume: 
Caroline De Vivaise

Production: 
A.F.C., Koala Film, FR 3 Films, Canal Plus
World Sales: 
Tamasa Filmdistribution
Format: 
35 mm
Color

Jean-Pierre Mocky’s Agent Trouble suggests that «the authorities» in collusion with a water company simply murder a busload of tourists to hush up the accidental contamination of the drinking water in the Alsace region. This proposition is worked out in the form of a thriller with a passer-by who discovers a bus full of corpses and, intrigued by the television news bulletin which gives a false account of the event, sets out to try and make money out of his discovery. His is shot by a mysterious agent of the state but his aunt (Catherine Deneuve wearing a red wig and glasses) continues the investigation with the help of her ex-lover. She survives only because the killer has a heart attack while pursuing her through the snow-covered mountains.
Jean-Pierre Mocky, a cinephile who likes to evoke the classic Hollywood masters in his movies, achieved a moody looking thriller with quirky, stylised performances, sometimes recalling Jacques Tourneur’s Nightfall. He also plays the role of a sinister state official. (Paul Willemen, The BFI Companion to Crime)