Films: Eric Barbier

Promise at Dawn

  • 2017
  • France / Belgium
  • 2h 11min
  • Directed by: Eric Barbier
  • Cast: Pierre Niney, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Didier Bourdon

The story of the French novelist Romain Gary.

The Last Diamond

  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • 1h 48min
  • Directed by: Eric Barbier
  • Written by: Eric Barbier, Marie Eynard
  • Cast: Yvan Attal, Bérénice Bejo, Jean-François Stévenin

Ex-con Simon (Attal) agrees to carry out the biggest job of his life: to steal a majestic diamond being auctioned by its owners. Old-school heist flick, playing it a little too safe; Bejo is beautifully understated and deserves a bigger role, while Attal intrigues but never quite seduces. Entertaining but inessential.

The Serpent (Le Serpent)

  • 3 stars
  • 2006
  • France
  • 1h 59min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Éric Barbier
  • Written by: Éric Barbier, Ted Lewis (novel), Trân-Minh Nam
  • Cast: Yvan Attal

A dark tale of blackmail, guilt and vengeance based on Ted Lewis' novel, 'Plender'. Opportunistic thug Plender (Cornillac) has a near-failsafe money making system, but when he catches up with an old schoolmate made good (Attal) the scale of his operation suddenly expands - as does the extent of the damage done.