- 1 hr 29 min
Moka is a French psychological thriller directed by FrÃ©dÃ©ric Mermoud and released in 2016. The film stars Emmanuelle Devos and Nathalie Baye in leading roles, along with David Clavel, Diane Rouxel, Olivier Chantreau, and Samuel Labarthe in supporting roles. The movie is set in Switzerland, where a middle-aged woman named Diane (played by Emmanuelle Devos) is reeling from the tragic loss of her son in a hit-and-run accident. Determined to find the perpetrator, Diane comes across a lead that takes her to a small town on Lake Geneva, where a young woman named MarlÃ¨ne (played by Nathalie Baye) might hold the key to solving the mystery. MarlÃ¨ne is a flamboyant blonde who lives with her boyfriend Michel (played by David Clavel) in a lakeside mansion, and seems to be hiding a dark secret. Diane develops an obsession with MarlÃ¨ne, and takes on a new identity to get closer to her. She rents a room in a local hotel and starts spying on MarlÃ¨ne, hoping to find evidence linking her to the accident. As Diane gets deeper into the investigation, she begins to lose touch with reality and starts to suspect everyone around her. She discovers that MarlÃ¨ne had a son who died in a car accident years ago, and wonders if this tragedy has something to do with her own loss. She also uncovers a web of lies and deceit surrounding the young woman, involving her boyfriend, his family, and even the police. Throughout the film, the tension builds up as Diane's mental state deteriorates, and she becomes increasingly desperate to find the truth. The movie is full of twists and turns, and keeps the audience guessing until the very end. The cinematography is stunning, with beautiful shots of the lake and the surrounding mountains, creating a serene contrast to the unsettling plot. The performances by Devos and Baye are exceptional, with both actresses bringing depth and complexity to their characters. Devos portrays Diane's grief and determination with a quiet intensity, while Baye captures MarlÃ¨ne's vulnerability and charm with a magnetic presence. The supporting cast is also strong, with Clavel delivering a convincing performance as MarlÃ¨ne's shady boyfriend. Overall, Moka is a gripping and suspenseful thriller that delves into the themes of grief, obsession, and revenge. Mermoud's direction is assured, and the script by Antoine Jaccoud and Mermoud is cleverly crafted, keeping the audience on edge throughout. The movie is a must-see for fans of psychological thrillers, and a testament to the talents of its lead actresses.