In the Beginning (A l'origine) (2010)




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France, present day. A professional conman passes himself off as the boss of a construction site building a highway extension. He cons the whole region, hires dozens of workers and cynically enjoys the profits of his scam until he meets the lady mayor of a small village that the road will go through. She intrigues and unsettles him, before revealing to him a world he never knew: feelings. How far will he go now to save his victims and save himself from his own lies?


Critic Reviews for In the Beginning (A l'origine)

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

True story of a stretch of asphalt rolled out by formerly jobless road workers in northern France, under the command of an impostor, blends social critique, character drama and crime into one smooth, good-looking package.

Aug 26, 2009
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Everything's surface, in a manner at once moment-to-moment engaging and yet inevitably slight.

Jan 21, 2011 | Full Review…

The exploitation of the hopes of those who have nothing to lose produces the queasiest feeling outside of a horror movie.

Mar 13, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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