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(1985)

This is a pretty conventional crime thriller of the 1980s, with some criminally dull characterisation and limp acting performances. None of the principal characters, except the formidable Lavardin, appears to have any substance, and the end result is by and large lacklustre and plodding.Thankfully, the film does have its saving graces. Firstly, the character of Lavardin is well played by Jean Poiret. The police inspector's methods and persona are so unconventional that he comes across as more frightening and sinister than any of the murder suspects. Then there is Mathieu Chabrol's eerie background music which imbues a sense of menace into even the (few) lighter scenes. But the strongest selling point is the camera work, heavily embossed with Chabrol's style. This film has some very chilling moments which are achieved through a clever combination of lighting and camera angles. The style is that of a very sophisticated suspense thriller, even if the content isn't.

Runtime:
1:50
Released:
April 10, 1985

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Cast

Janiv1coiju8sn70vk0oufhxxir Jean Poiret Jean Lavardin
U7vchr9bpguwhyicvgernsjjpuc Stéphane Audran Madame Cuno
U6u8mkzr2z1fxnok1tq0qd0hit7 Michel Bouquet Hubert Lavoisier
Dpxzawgtsw8qjel8mddkby8h5iv Lucas Belvaux Louis Cuno
Jean Topart Philippe Morasseau
Pauline Lafont Henriette
1neajccvminssq7f0g1o6grweno Caroline Cellier Anna Foscarie
Josephine Chaplin Delphine Moreasseau
Andrée Tainsy Marthe
Jean-Claude Bouillaud Gérard Filiol
Sxxm4wgswqbjjxrj7jqap6qabmg Jacques Frantz Alexandre Duteil
Oovnugvgdx9mvxoywkuuk1pljiv Dominique Zardi Henri Rieutord, chef de poste
Henri Attal l'employé de la morgue
Albert Dray Albert, le barman
Marcel Guy le maître d'hôtel

Crew

Camera

Jean Rabier Director of Photography

Directing

Claude Chabrol Director

Editing

Monique Fardoulis Editor

Production

Marin Karmitz Producer

Sound

Matthieu Chabrol Original Music Composer

Writing

Dominique Roulet Novel