Dossier 51 (1978)

Director
Michel Deville

Main cast
François Marthouret; Roger Planchon; Patrick Chesnais; Jean Martin; Daniel Mesguich

Genres
Crime, Drama

Description
French diplomat Dominique Auphal is put under surveillance by an unnamed secret service. They wish to find a weakness in his life in order to control him politically. Auphal becomes "File no. 51": his private life is spied, analysed and commented.


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