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Posted by on Sep 30, 2011 in Kick-Back Friday

Kick-Back Friday: #182

Kick-Back Friday: #182

Anthony_Zimmer.jpgSuffice it to say that the Hitchcockian thriller Anthony Zimmer (2005) works where its American remake, The Tourist (2010), does not, because the story’s essential Everymanyou know, the pedestrian guy caught up in extraordinary circumstancesis played by a passably attractive, unknown* actor and not Johnny Deppwho can never be an Everyman. The former movie, a French product, also prevails because of some unexplainable tolerance we, as American viewers, have for unbelievable premises in foreign filmswhich we would otherwise laugh at in Hollywood vehicles.

Or maybe, in the case of Anthony Zimmer versus The Tourist, the actors, or the execution, or just all of it is simply better in the former picture.

* That is, unknown to most American viewers. The Everyman actor in Anthony Zimmer, Yvan Attal, also has this curious right eye ptosis that undermines his looks and works well with an essential plot point.

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A native East Tennessean, Barbara Martin is a formerly practicing, board-certified neurologist who received her BS (psychology, summa cum laude) and MD from Duke University before completing her postgraduate training (internship, residency, fellowship) at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She has worked in academia, private practice, medical publishing, drug market research, and continuing medical education (CME). For the last 3 years, she has worked in a freelance capacity as a medical writer, analyst, and consultant. Follow Dr. Barbara Martin on and Twitter.