Nothing to Hide

A remake of 2016’s Perfect Strangers, Nothing to Hide follows a group of friends (including Bérénice Bejo’s Marie and Roschdy Zem’s Marco) as they get together for a dinner party and impulsively decide to play a game wherein they share every call and text received on their individual phones – with the movie detailing the decidedly less-than-innocuous direction the evening inevitably takes. Filmmaker Fred Cavayé does an effective job of immediately establishing the disparate personalities and their various relationships, and it’s clear, too, that Nothing to Hide benefits substantially from the efforts of a uniformly strong roster of performers – with the actors’ strong work here ensuring that their respective characters become far more compelling and sympathetic than one might’ve anticipated. And while the decidedly plotless atmosphere occasionally does threaten to become overwhelming, Nothing to Hide certainly grows more and more compelling as the aforementioned game adopts progressively salacious qualities – which ensures that the picture’s midsection boasts a sporadically spellbinding quality that proves impossible to resist. It’s a shame, then, that the film’s silly climactic twist leaves Nothing to Hide with as unpleasant and underwhelming an aftertaste as one can easily recall, with the end result a mostly-effective drama that remains worth a look even if it doesn’t remotely stick the landing.

**1/2 out of ****

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