Mathieu, a young acoustician from the Bureau of Investigation and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety, is responsible for deciphering the black box of a plane which mysteriously crashed during a Dubai-Paris flight. He gradually discovers that the official version (that of a suicide bombing) is not the right one. He tries to discover the truth and feels, as his investigations progress, threatened. Who has an interest in hiding the real causes of the crash? The answer to this question may not remain a mystery long enough.


Black Box revives and imports the paranoid thriller, which was once a fashion in Hollywood. While the nature of the plot facing the hero is perhaps a little too obvious, the film nevertheless stands out for the qualities of a narrative that skillfully holds the viewer in suspense. In addition, one cannot help but feel a real fascination for a character whose activity consists in analyzing and deciphering sounds, in giving them a meaning.

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Yann Gozlan’s fourth feature film therefore touches on an interesting abstract analytical dimension (how to decipher the sounds of the world?) And puts it at the service of a cinematographic suspense at times quite addicting.

Black Box. French film by Yann Gozlan. With Pierre Niney, Lou de La age, André Dussollier (2 h 09).

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