2017 (Not Rated) 89 min. France/subtitles
Director: Frédéric Mermoud
Cast: Emmanuelle Devos, Nathalie Baye, David Clavel
To find the driver of the vintage mocha-colored Mercedes which she thinks hit her son and devastated her life, Diane Kramer (Emmanuelle Devos) embarks on a trip to take revenge. She goes to Évian, where she has learned the driver of the Mercedes lives, but she now has to face another woman, Mariene (Nathalie Baye) – a beauty salon proprietor and owner of the car. In order to get closer to her, Diane pretends to be a potential buyer for the car, but the path of revenge is more tortuous and complicated than it seems. Adapted from Tatiana de Rosnay’s 2006 novel, MOKA is a moody, riveting psychological thriller, showcasing the tremendous talents of two of France’s best actresses.
“You could rightly call it a thriller, but a slow-burning one, and a film that’s driven by character, not plot points, And that won’t do in Tinseltown. So enjoy the original, preferably in a theater, and revel in the rich, layered performances of veteran actresses Emmanuelle Devos and Nathalie Baye.” – Allen Johnson, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
“Moka is a lean, taut dramatic thriller that continually offers delicate surprises as it shifts and evolves, building toward an unexpected yet wholly satisfying conclusion.” – Brent McKnight, THE SEATTLE TIMES
“The sound of the zipper on Diane’s handbag, for example, becomes extremely ominous in Mermoud’s capable hands, while two distinct musical themes further enhance the mood and help establish the film’s bona fides as a classy and classical psychological thriller.” – Boyd van Hoeij, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER