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The Corsican Investigation

When mild-mannered private detective Jack Palmer (Christian Clavier) heads from Paris to Corsica to let a certain Ange Leoni (Jean Reno) know he's inherited an estate, the gumshoe's rational, city slicker ways get him nowhere fast in "The Corsican Investigation." Purely local, crowd-pleasing fluff is distinguished by its deadpan send-up of Corsica's tight-lipped behavior, distrust of outsiders and fierce pride, set to Alexandre Desplat's affectionate faux-James Bond score. Pic, adapted from a popular comic, has done tasty local biz since October release.

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With: Christian Clavier, Jean Reno, Caterina Murino, Didier Flamand.

When mild-mannered private detective Jack Palmer (Christian Clavier) heads from Paris to Corsica to let a certain Ange Leoni (Jean Reno) know he’s inherited an estate, the gumshoe’s rational, city slicker ways get him nowhere fast in “The Corsican Investigation.” Purely local, crowd-pleasing fluff is distinguished by its deadpan send-up of Corsica’s tight-lipped behavior, distrust of outsiders and fierce pride, set to Alexandre Desplat’s affectionate faux-James Bond score. Pic, adapted from a popular comic, has done tasty local biz since October release.

Never knowing whether he’ll step unwittingly into an ancient grudge, be kidnapped by armed ski mask-wearing tough guys, used as a pawn by bumbling nationalists or railroaded by legal authorities, Palmer is ready to call it quits when major babe Lea (fetching, funny Caterina Murino) distracts him. Cemented in the boffo “Les visiteurs” era, the pairing of Reno’s laconic authority vs. Clavier’s clueless subservience is money in the bank where French and possibly Italian are spoken, but a hard sell elsewhere.

The Corsican Investigation

France

Production: A Gaumont release of a Gaumont, Legende presentation of a Legende, Gaumont, Ouille Prods., TF1 Films Prods. production, with participation of Canal Plus. Produced by Ilan Goldman. Directed by Alain Berberian. Screenplay, Christian Clavier, Michel Delgado, based on the comic by Petillon .

Crew: Camera (color, widescreen), Pascal Gennesseaux; editor, Veronique Parnet; music, Alexandre Desplat; production designer, Jean-Jacques Gernolle; costume designer, Florence Saudaune. Reviewed at UGC Orient Express, Paris, Nov. 5, 2003. Original title: L'enquete corse. Running time: 91 MIN.

With: With: Christian Clavier, Jean Reno, Caterina Murino, Didier Flamand.

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