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Le juge et l'assassin (1976)

An unstable former French Sergeant commits many atrocities. A judge considers how this case could benefit or damage his career.

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Judge Rousseau
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Sgt. Joseph Bouvier
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Rose
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Villedieu, Attorney
Renée Faure ...
Mme. Rousseau
Cécile Vassort ...
Louise Leseuer
Jean-Roger Caussimon ...
Street Singer
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Deputy
François Dyrek ...
Released Tramp
Monique Chaumette ...
Louise's Mother
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Prof. Degueldre
Jean Amos ...
Le gardien-chef
Gilbert Bahon ...
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Arlette Bonnard ...
Farm Girl With Soup
Liza Braconnier ...
Hospital Nun
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France, 1893. Joseph Bouvier, a former Sergeant in the French military, shoots his beloved and attempts to kill himself. Having survived with two bullets in his brain, he is released from the Dole medical facility, a place of mental and physical filthiness. Then begins a five-year period of wandering on the roads of the South East of France, during which Bouvier rapes and eventually kills two dozen defenseless shepherds and farm servants of both sexes. Judge Rousseau thinks this case would help his career as a right wing politician and therefore issues warrants of arrests to find any hobo fitting the description. But if Bouvier was declared insane, the Judge's plan may become a trap... Written by Vincent Merlaud <merlaud@studi.mathematik.hu-berlin.de>

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Written and Performed by Philippe Sarde Et Orchestre
Sung by Isabelle Huppert and Philippe Noiret
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Political wit.
27 April 1999 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

A French provincial town in the late 1890's where a Judge attempts to advance his political power by trying to prove that a soldier was not insane at the time of committing murder, which means soilder gets the guillotine and not the mad house. A movie that is more about the social turmoil in France.


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