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France, January 1895: The Jewish officer Alfred Dreyfus (Louis Garrel) is publicly demoted and banished to life imprisonment on Devil's Island in the Atlantic Ocean. Marie-Georges Picquart (Jean Dujardin), who knew Dreyfus personally and was present at his humiliating demotion, was promoted shortly afterwards to head of the secret service of the very department that had exposed Dreyfus' treason. But when further secrets are betrayed to the Germans even after his conviction, doubts about the young officer's guilt arise in Picquart. Doubts that he expresses to his superiors - but they give him clear instructions to let the case rest. Nevertheless, Picquart continues to investigate and in the process comes across machinations that could be life-threatening for him…
With "Intrigue" Roman Polanski devotes himself to one of the biggest political scandals of the late 19th century. Based on the bestseller by Robert Harris, Polanski catapults his protagonist into a web of anti-Semitism, power and cover-ups, which at various points has a frightening topicality. The historical drama has a great cast, with Oscar-winner Jean Dujardin proving once again that he is not only able to convincingly embody comic roles. The equipment and camera work are also excellent and make this award-winning film a thrilling experience. </However, the production puts the audience to the test during the first 30 minutes of the more than two-hour running time. The first act is told very slowly, which makes it extremely difficult to get involved in the story. But little by little the atmosphere becomes more and more depressing and the tension is increasing. Certainly, the events will continue to be determined primarily by dialogue. But when it becomes clear what the extent of the whole thing is, then you simply have to join in the excitement - even if you are so well versed in history that you already know the outcome. Here Polanski proves once again to be a master of his craft. No wonder that this film won the Grand Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival 2019. </p>
"Intrigue" is a film about guilt, conscience and truth - questions that are always topical. Even though the story takes place more than a hundred years ago, it never seems antiquated, but extremely contemporary - which one has to comment with an "unfortunately". All in all, Roman Polanski has succeeded in creating a gripping historical drama after a tough beginning, which, in addition to the story based on true events, can score with great actors and a very authentic-looking production. Absolutely worth seeing!
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