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Wedding in Blood (1973)
"Les noces rouges" (original title)

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Lucienne Delamare and Pierre Maury are having an affair. Lucienne's husband Paul is the mayor, and a French deputy. Pierre's wife Clotilde has been weak and sickly for years. Lucienne's ... See full summary »

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Claude Piéplu ...
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Eliana De Santis ...
Hélène Chevalier, Lucienne's daughter
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Lucienne Delamare and Pierre Maury are having an affair. Lucienne's husband Paul is the mayor, and a French deputy. Pierre's wife Clotilde has been weak and sickly for years. Lucienne's husband holds no excitement for her, and he is always away in Paris on business. Pierre is now the vice-mayor, thanks to Paul. Lucienne and Pierre have a secret meeting spot by a lake along a country lane. Pierre's wife dies suddenly, by suicide the town gossips believe. Pierre confesses otherwise to Lucienne. Paul proposes a shady land deal which will "benefit the town", and wants Pierre's political support and collusion. Then Paul discovers proof of his wife's affair... Written by David Carless

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Chabrol at his least interesting
9 June 2008 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Les Noches Rouges/Wedding in Blood is one of Claude Chabrol's worst films from his richest period, an utterly mundane crime passionel devoid of insight or interest despite being set in the small town bourgeois milieu that had served him so well in the past and would again in the future. Chabrol has always had a tendency towards caricature, and the laughable passionate embraces between Michel Piccoli and Stephane Audran (neither at their best) or the half-dimensional corrupt mayor are indicative of the clumsiness of the whole sorry enterprise, as is the lumbering flashback setting up the murders. Things briefly threaten to get interesting after the second murder, but by then the film is nearly over and the promise remains unfulfilled.


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