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Tomorrow at Dawn

Uninvolving, unconvincing pic by usually interesting writer-helmer lacks any of the emotional tension or subtlety of his previous gem.

Tensions within a group of historical role players lead to real duels, and more, in “Tomorrow at Dawn,” but the result for auds is a big, fat zero. Uninvolving, unconvincing pic by usually interesting writer-helmer Denis Dercourt lacks any of the emotional tension or subtlety of his previous gem, “The Page Turner,” positioning this for Eurotube playoff at best.

Mathieu Guibert (Vincent Perez, vacant) is a classical pianist undergoing an “existential crisis” — as his estranged wife-cum-agent, Jeanne (Anne Marivin, classy), calls it — not helped by his mother (Francoise Lebrun) being hospitalized with cancer. When Mom asks Mathieu to investigate the obsession of his younger brother, Paul (Jeremie Renier, OK), with a Napoleonic role-playing group, he gets drawn into a duel with a guy (Aurelien Recoing) who takes his alias as a captain way too seriously. Pic fails to create any mystery from the semi-secret society’s parallel world and asks the viewer to take imaginative leaps hardly justified by the script. Production values and helming are unremarkable. As in several pics by Dercourt, once a professional violist, classical music is extensively featured.

Tomorrow at Dawn

France

  • Production: A Diaphana Films release of a France 3 Cinema production, in association with TPS Star, CineCinema, France 3, CNC. (International sales: Films Distribution, Paris.) Produced by Michel Saint-Jean. Directed by Denis Dercourt. Screenplay, Dercourt, Jacques Sotty.
  • Crew: Camera (color), Remy Chevrin; editor, Yannick Kergoat; music, Jerome Lemonnier; art director, Antoine Platteau; costume designer, Pierre-Yves Gayraud. Reviewed at Cannes Film Festival (Un Certain Regard), May 19, 2009. Original title: Demain des l'aube. Running time: 100 MIN.
  • With: <b>With:</b> Vincent Perez, Jeremie Renier, Aurelien Recoing, Anne Marivin, Francoise Lebrun, Gerald Laroche, Barbara Probst.
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