Dir: Régis Roinsard, France, 2020, 105 min.
Lambert Wilson, Olga Kurylenko, Riccardo Scamarcio
In French and some English with English subtitles
“Think Agatha Christie crossed over with a bilingual dictionary and you might be close to this stylish thriller, replete with a handsome ensemble cast of actors from all over Europe. The Translators is packed with twists and turns, red herrings and reversals, and executed with a meticulous sense of pacing… Fans of clever whodunits like Knives Out will surely find something to love here. Set in the stylish world of publishing, The Translators sees Angstrom Publishing about to release the final instalment in their Millenium-style trilogy Deadalus. CEO Eric decides to simultaneously release the book in several different languages at once, figuring that he can conquer all major territories before anyone has a chance to translate the book for free. To do this he hires several translators… Dario the handsome Italian, the socialist Greek Konstantinos, the Portuguese punk Telma, the disinterested Englishman Alex, the melancholic Dane Helene, the nervy Spaniard Javier, the pragmatic Chinese man Chen, the vigilant German Ingrid, and the beautiful yet damaged Russian femme fatale Katerina. They are kept in a windowless underground bunker and given ten pages a day to translate… tensions rise as the translators face a race against the clock to get the work done in time. However, when the first ten pages of the book leak online, it’s clear there is a traitor in the midst and Eric will stop at nothing to find them… Les Traducteurs is an extremely enjoyable thriller with an excellently stylish execution.” – Daryl Macdonald , Film Inquiry