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.