The Sentinel

by Arnaud Desplechin 2h19min France 1991
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The Sentinel
by Arnaud Desplechin

Mathias, whose dead father was a diplomat in Germany, decides to study the forensic medicine in Paris. In the train, he has some troubles with the border police, and is insulted and threatened by a strange man, who disappeared quickly. Next day, he discovers in his luggage a shrunken human head. He soon becomes fascinated by it, feeling responsible (sentry of the memory of the head's owner) and starts his own investigation. What will leads him to cope with French secret services.

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[ MP4 HD - Stéréo 2.0 ]


  • Emmanuel Salinger : Mathias Barillet
  • Emmanuelle Devos : Claude
  • Marianne Denicourt : Marie
  • Bruno Todeschini : William
  • Philippe Duclos : Macaigne
  • Valérie Dréville : Nathalie
  • And with: Jean-Louis Richard, László Szabó, Philippe Laudenbach, Fabrice Desplechin, Thibault de Montalembert, Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, Jean-Luc Boutté, Nadine Alari


  • Director Arnaud Desplechin
  • Scenario Arnaud Desplechin, Pascale Ferran, Noémie Lvovsky, Emmanuel Salinger
  • Photo director Caroline Champetier
  • Set Design Antoine Platteau
  • Costume Design Valérie Pozzo di Borgo, Agnès Falque
  • Sound Jean-Pierre Laforce, Laurent Poirier, Bernard Aubouy
  • Editing François Gédigier
  • Original music Marc Sommer
  • Producer Pascal Caucheteux, Sylvie Barthet, Grégoire Sorlat, Nicole Arbib
  • Distributor LMC
  • Production Compagny 2001 Audiovisuel, La Sept Cinéma, Why Not Productions

Technical information

  • Aspect ratio1,85:1
  • Printed film format35 mm
  • Original sound mixMono
  • Production1991
  • Release date for France05/20/1992
  • CategoryFeature film
  • ColorColors
  • LanguageFrench
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