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Jean-Pierre Laubray
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Paul Cristiani
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Jean Ravier
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Juliette Cristiani
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Simone
Pierre Santini ...
Jean
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Mme Christiani
Carlo De Mejo ...
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Marie Trintignant ...
La petite fille Marie
Serge Marquand
Norma Bengell
Claude Piéplu ...
Descarne (as Claude Pieplu)
Marc Eyraud ...
Le témoin
Yves Afonso
Gilberte Géniat ...
(as Gilberte Geniat)
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When the police find Simone seated near her husband's corpse it is predictable that she is charged with the murder. Jean-Pierre Laubray is appointed counsel for the defence. He begins an inquiry into the case and he finds out that the murdered man had killed a barman in a robbery the night before. He finds out as well he was a leg-man of Cristiani's for his election campaign. He tries to contact Juliette, Cristiani's daughter, and he discovers that also Bruno, Juliette's brother, died that same night in a car accident... Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia

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The Trintignant family goes political
23 December 2010 | by See all my reviews

After her sophomore effort ("Le Voleur De Crimes" )which was extremely demanding and thus might have been off-putting for the mainstream audience ,Nadine Trintignant came back to a much more conventional,accessible style :her third movie feat Deneuve and Mastroiani was a blockbuster ("Ca N'arrive Qu'Aux Autres" but some may find it a bit facile -telling the death of a child can easily move the audience);and then "Defense De Savoir".

It is as much trendy ,as much part of the seventies French zeitgeist as "Voleur De Crimes" is an anomaly in the routine of the French thriller.In the wake of May 68 (and of the success of"Z"),political movies began to emerge ,becoming one of the dominant genres of the decade :André Cayatte,who,let's be fair ,had begun long before the craze ,Yves Boisset,even Marcel Carné ("Les Assassins De L'Ordre")or Pierre Granier-Deferre ("Adieu Poulet");Generally right-wing politicians were the villains :such is the case in the movie I'm writing about .Jean-Louis Trintignant ,who was the "hero" of "Voleur De Crimes" teams up again with his wife/director .

The director's (and lead actor's) daughter,Marie Trintignant ,who met with a tragic end, appears as the little girl.


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