Icarus Films will be delivering the next Distrib Films release — the company’s exclusive distribution deal with the French film producer — to the domestic marketplace on July 24 with the DVD debut of writer/director Nicolas Pariser’s The Great Game (Le Grand Jeu).
The chilling words are spoken, “Disappearing is tricky business … it can even attract attention,” by a power broker by the name of Joseph Paskin (Andre Dussollier). These are the kind of words that can get one to thinking. Words that create tension; anxiety ... and perhaps more, but they are delivered with such eloquence that the true terror is masked.
The thriller gets going when Paskin has a chance and friendly meeting one evening with a man by the name of Pierre (Melvil Poupaud). Later, when this one-time novelist discovers that the meeting was not by chance he becomes intrigued with (or, if you like, “seduced by”) an offer put forth by this clever manipulator.
Pierre as it turns out was once a promising writer, but when his first novel was not well received he lost the spirit; the drive. Paskin offers him a potentially lucrative path back to both fame and a chance to practice his skill-set … he’s very upfront about what he wants the writer to write about.
It’s political in nature, a call to revolution (based loosely on “The Tarnac Nine” conspiracy in France that unfolded in November of 2008). He can even be anonymous if he likes. But once the book is finished, Pierre discovers that he has become a target and the terror of Paskin’s words suddenly become clear. He is a “nobody” that will not be missed.
He escapes to the countryside and meets an attractive — and very political — woman by the name of Laura (Clémence Poésy). Her connection to the underlying political intrigue brings the events full circle.
The Great Game is presented in French with English subtitles.