Moka

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France | 2016 | 89 minutes | Frédéric Mermoud

Emmanuelle Devos stars in a suspenseful psychological thriller about a mother determined to track down the driver of the mocha-colored Mercedes that struck her son and ruined her life. Once she has a suspect in her sights, she waits for her moment of revenge.

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Along the shores of Lake Geneva, a fire is raging. Diane (Emmanuelle Devos, Coco Before Chanel) is grieving, her son the victim of a fatal hit-and-run accident seven months prior. With the police no closer to identifying a suspect and her marriage in shambles, Diane enlists the help of a private detective, who tracks down the make and model of the car—a mocha-colored SL 1972 Mercedes—that permanently altered her family's life. Diane travels across the Swiss-French border with a list of owners of this rare automobile, finally settling on Marlene (Nathalie Baye, Day for Night) and Michel (David Clavel), a well-to-do Evian couple who fit the sole witness' description perfectly. With her prey in sight, a pistol in hand, and revenge her sole remaining instinct, Diane carefully, methodically invades the couple's seemingly comfortable life, waiting for the right moment to strike. Devos and Baye, two renowned veterans of French cinema, share the screen for the first time, going toe-to-toe in this slow-burning psychological thriller of obsession, paranoia, and unbreakable maternal instinct, based on the novel by Tatiana de Rosnay and handled with Highsmith/Hitchcockian panache by Swiss director Frederic Mermoud (Les Revenants).

Director Biography

Born in 1969 in Sion, Switzerland, Frédéric Mermoud holds an MA in Literature from the University of Geneva. From 1995 to 1999, he attended ECAL (Ecole Cantonale d'Art de Lausanne), Cinema Department. In 1999, he received a degree in directing from ECAL, and in 2004, he received the Swiss Film Award for the best short film for "L'Escalier". In 2010 he received the Swiss Film Award for best screenplay for Complices.

Sponsored by Alliance Francaise de Seattle, French American Cultural Society, French Immersion School of Washington, The French American School of Puget Sound, TV5MONDE

  • Director: Frédéric Mermoud
  • Principal Cast: Emmanuelle Devos, Nathalie Baye, Diane Rouxel, Samuel Labarthe, David Clavel
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: France, Switzerland
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 89 minutes
  • Producer: Julien Rouch, Tonie Marshall, Damien Couvreur
  • Screenplay: Frédéric Mermoud, Antonin Martin-Hilbert
  • Cinematographers: Irina Lubtchansky
  • Editors: Sarah Anderson
  • Music: Christian Garcia, Grégoire Hetzel
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Locarno International Film Festival 2016 (Variety Piazza Grande Award)
  • Filmography: Accomplices (2010)
  • Language: French
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Film Movement
  • International Sales: Pyramide International