The Confessions (Le Confessioni) Review - A Captivating International Murder Mystery

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The Confessions, from Bobo Film TV and Uncork’d Entertainment, presents a thrilling whodunit, as the world titters on economic collapse a gathering of the G8 leaders at a luxurious seaside hotel becomes a murder mystery with all suspect.

Directed by Roberto Ando, The Confessions stars Toni Servillo, Daniel Auteuil, Pierfrancesco Favino, Lambert Wilson, Connie Nielsen, Toni Servillo, Moritz Bleibtreu, Marie-Josee Croze, Ricahrd Sammel, Johan Heldenbergh, Togo Igawa, Aleksey Guskov, Stephane Freiss, Julian Ovenden, John Keogh and Andy de la Tour. The Confessions was co- written by Angelo Pasquini and Roberto Ando.

The Confession (Le Confessions), from Bobo Film TV and Uncork’d Entertainment, presents a modern murder mystery with everyone a suspect, the power elite have gathered at a luxurious G8 Summit.

The Confession begins with as a Italian Monk, Roberto Salus, played by Toni Servillo, walks through a crowded airport. Apparently enraptured by the sights and sounds of the German coast he stops at the gift shop and purchases a tape recorder.

A car is waiting and the white robed Roberto, a well-known author also, is taken to the seaside where the world’s economists have gathered on the invitation of Daniel Roche, played by Daniel Auteuil, who is considered the world’s foremost mind in areas of economy and global prognosticating.

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Outside of the G8 Nations, Roche has invited an internationally known and best-selling children novelist, Claire Seth, played by Connie Nielsen, and a rock star, Michael Wintzl, played by Johan Heldenbergh, and of course the monk.

As everyone gathers, all except those outside the political field know each other and have a history as these summits are held frequently with the hope of creating stability.

Tonight, as they gather to celebrate Daniel Roche’s Birthday, the weight of the global crisis overshadows the festive environment and without emerging from this weekend with a solid plan in place the belief is the world’s economies will continue to spiral out of control, with unemployment at record numbers, a plan which, is secretively discussed in clandestine references as it was created on the acceptable sacrifice theory.

Which is liken to throwing the most beautiful village female into the volcano hoping to keep the temper of the gods at bay. These leaders, all of whom are determined to advance the plan which will also increase personal fortunes at the cost of lesser nations who in reality have no chance of coming out of this economic recession without a loss.

So armed with the burden that they could be responsible for the deaths of millions, the few who will survive, and even fewer who will prosper, and even less whose personal fortunes will exponentially increase. These economists, men and women, the world’s best minds, are on a cataclysmic course with global destiny.

So Roche request the priest come to his room and we find he desires the priest to hear his confession. A bizarre request, as he is one of the world’s power elite, conscience is not usually not something that comes with the territory and why here, why now, why tonight.

At the end of the confession which is not seen, the Monk is seen leaving Roche’s room.

The next morning the body of Daniel Roche is found dead murdered with plastic bag over his head.

As the Monk is the last to see him alive, and even more concerning is the confession, which sends the leaders into cover up mode, trying to determine if Daniel told the priest the extent of the plan, if the plan is sabotaged and as the plan needed to be unanimous the fact that Roche was killed seems to send a message of discord.

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The backstory of course, as these leaders all have a history, we find one only has one night stands with other Ministers, others are hungry for even greater power and wealth, global crisis be damned, and culling the disenfranchised is simply a means to an end.

Lambert Wilson, the French actor who is well known in the United States, plays the best friend, Kis, of Roche and has a nice scene with the Monk and has he says his final goodbye.

The Confessions is a timely contemporary film. It is intriguing and I enjoyed it.

The cast has nearly every major film producing country in Europe represented as funding for the film probably came from many sources and in exchange for the investment talent from that nation must be represented.

The Confessions has many really nice moments. The acting is world class. The storyline, with twists and turns, delivers the unexpected in nearly every scene. The cinematography is gorgeous as the majority of the film takes place at this beautiful seaside resort.

The Confessions is absorbing, intriguing and mysterious.

The Confessions, in French and Italian with English subtitles, is available on VOD.


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