Film: Have Mercy on Us All (directed by Régis Wargnier)

About performance

The film is shown within the framework of the European Movie Stars' Master Classes

Original title: Pars vite et reviens tard

France, 2007

Runtime: 116 min

Director: Régis Wargnier

Cast: José Garcia, Marie Gillain, Lucas Belvaux, Olivier Gourmet, Nicolas Cazalé, Linh Dan Pham, Michel Serrault

Joss, a middle-aged former Breton sailor, begins to succeed in reviving the old family trade of town crier in modern-day Paris. Business is good, since people gladly pay five francs to hear their rants and nonsensical messages in parks and squares; every so often, ominous cryptic messages announcing the return of the plague will also be part of the day▓s requested cries.

At the same time, chief inspector Adamsberg is surprised as a distressed woman describes that all her apartment building▓s doors, except one, have been marked with a large inverted «4» in black ink with the inscription “CLT.” This graffiti continues to turn up throughout the city, and residents of apartments with unmarked doors are turning up dead, showing signs of rat-flea bites and blackened flesh.

Inspector Adamsberg must lead an investigation that takes him through a juxtaposition of 15th-century Europe and modern-day France. “Cito, Longe, Tarde” Quick, far, late.