El passatger clandestí

  • 96'
  • France
  • 1995
Moon Child sadly failed at the box office, turning Villaronga overnight from boy wonder into unemployable auteur maudit. Several attempted projects during the first half of the 1990s - e.g. adaptations of novels by Mercè Rodoreda (La mort i la primavera, 1986) and Hanns Heinz Ewers (Der Zauberlehrling oder Die Teufelsjäger, 1909) - had proved unrealisable. To keep on working, he accepted this commission and did a decent craftsman's job with Simenon's Le passager clandestin, a 1947 mystery set in part on a South Sea island. From this story about the death of a movie distribution magnate, the aftermath was inevitable. Yet Villaronga had to accept what he was handed (plot was never Simenon's strength). The direction, on the other hand, shows a master at play, especially when there's no dialogue to deal with and everything depends on visual storytelling or just sheer pictorial splendour.
Director
Agustí Villaronga
Countries of production
France, Spain
Production Year
1995
Festival Edition
IFFR 2011
Length
96'
Medium
Betacam SP
International title
El pasajero clandestino
Language
Catalan
Producer
Agustí Villaronga
Sales
Massa d'Or Produccions
Screenplay
Agustí Villaronga, André Graill, Pierre Javaux, based on the novel by Georges Simenon
Cinematography
Carles Gusi
Editor
Amat Carreras, Thierry Dorval
Production Design
Llorenç Miquel
Sound Design
Gabriel Haoa, André Rigaut
Music
Béatrice Thiriet
Cast
Simon Callow