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THE NIGHT OF THE 12th [France], Thursday 9 November, 8pm

By August 10, 2023December 28th, 2023archive, Season 24 Autumn 2023

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A young woman is murdered in this unnerving, fictionalised version of a real case that haunts the police officers unable to solve it. A gripping true-crime drama.

Set in the foothills of the looming Alps, this deeply atmospheric thriller follows Yohan Vives, an ambitious, disciplined young detective as he takes up a post at the Grenoble police station. His first case as the bureau’s new chief is a tough one. A young woman named Clara Royer has been murdered as she walked home from a party, apparently by someone who knew her. Vives teams up on the case with an older partner, Marceau, whose long career with the Police Judiciaire (the criminal investigation department) has started to take its toll.

Their investigation delves into Clara’s sexual relationships with the men who now constitute the prime suspects in her murder and their often disturbing attitudes toward her. But the film is just as interested in the attitudes of the men responsible for solving such cases, and how those attitudes—toward gender, sex, and violence—inform their work. As a judge observes to Vives at one point in his investigation, “There is something seriously amiss in the relationship between men and women.”

Based on two chapters of a true crime book, “18.3 – A Year with the Judicial Police,” and an actual unsolved case, this immersive police procedural is ultimately a powerful portrait of the society that produces criminals and detectives alike, those who commit the crimes and those responsible for solving them as best they can.

🏆Winner of six César Awards including Best Picture and Best Director for Dominik Moll.

🏆 Winner of the Lumière award for Best Film.

French film-maker Dominik Moll has given us a gripping true-crime procedural, a desolate study of the ubiquity of evil and misogynist violence and the abyss of unknowing into which everyone finds themselves gazing… a brutally engrossing drama. – The Guardian

Critic’s Pick. A refreshingly grounded picture of crime-fighting. – The New York Times

This taut and piercing thriller is one of Moll’s stronger works to date, using a genre template to delve into issues of violence, gender and policing in contemporary France. – Hollywood Reporter

93% Rotten Tomatoes

  • France, 2022 | Language: French | 115 minutes | Cert: CLUB
  • Director: Dominik Moll
  • Cast: Bastien Bouillon, Bouli Lanners, Anouk Grinberg, Mouna Soualem, Pauline Serieys
  • Foreign language films are subtitled.  Cert: CLUB for over 18s.
  • A short film may be shown before the feature.
  • Tickets: €8.50/€7 concession
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