I first discovered Fred Vargas three or four years ago and have since read half a dozen or so of her novels (yes, Fred is a woman!) among them "Pars vite et reviens tard". Her works are delightfully off-beat and many of them feature the enigmatic detective Commissaire Adamsberg, who is a fascinating creation.
How effectively would the books translate into a cinematic experience? When I discovered that there was a film version of "Pars vite et reviens tard", I was, of course, eager to check it out.
Well, it's a pretty good film, beautifully filmed and nicely acted, but inevitably it does not quite capture the quirkiness of the original, nor does it explore the characters in such depth, despite the efforts of an outstanding cast. I was very taken by José Garcia's multi-faceted performance as Adamsberg and he receives expert support from that great veteran Michel Serrault (no longer with us, alas...the film was made in 2007) and Olivier Gourmet (although I did not quite see the benefit of changing his character from an ex-seaman to an out of work actor, especially as the adaptation is pretty faithful on the whole).
This is a good film and not a bad introduction to the world of Fred Vargas. The film is in French with English subtitles, but the (interesting) "extras", including a commentary by the director Régis Wargnier, are in the original language only.