LE MYSTÈRE HENRI PICK
(THE MYSTERY OF HENRI PICK)
November 28, 6:15 p.m.
Dramedy | 100 min | English Canada Premiere
18 years and older
In a bizarre library in Britanny that collects rejected, never published manuscripts, a young editor discovers a novel that she considers a masterpiece. It was written by a certain Henri Pick, a cook who died two years earlier and who, according to his widow, had never read a book in his life or written anything but a shopping list... Did he have a secret life? When the book becomes a huge best-seller, Jean- Michel Rouche, a skeptical and stubborn literary critic, teams up with Joséphine, Pick’s daughter, to unravel the mystery. What if this story was only a conspiracy...?
Luchini, who got his start with Eric Rohmer and is famous in France for his stage readings of Baudelaire, Hugo, Céline and other great authors, is excellent here as an arrogant erudite who may have been right about Pick all along, even if we’re sort of hoping otherwise. Cottin and the rest of the cast are fine, while slick cinematography, particularly all the Breton location shooting, and a playful score round out a polished package.
— Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter
This crisp caper is an intellectual ‘whowroteit’. It's a polished package - the charms of rural Brittany are displayed particularly effectively - and the plot is satisfyingly paced.
— Wendy Ide, ScreenDaily
Fabrine Luchini's performance is complex and in an absolute state of grace.
— Alberto Luchini, El Mundo