Barocco (1976)

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The story of a girl in love with a boxer. They plan to go abroad after making a lot of money by participating in an interview intended to discredit a politician at elections time. But the ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Samson / Samson's Killer
Hélène Surgère ...
Jean-François Stévenin ...
Jeune homme brun
Peter Bonke ...
Acolyte 1
Leny Suck ...
Acolyte 2
Elise Hoomans ...
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Helmert Woudenberg ...
Adrian Brine ...
Truus Dekker ...
Susan Senduk ...
Serveuse B


The story of a girl in love with a boxer. They plan to go abroad after making a lot of money by participating in an interview intended to discredit a politician at elections time. But the boxer is killed, and the murderer, little by little, falls in love with the girl who finally accepts him at the condition that he looks like the boxer he killed. Written by <>

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8 December 1976 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Barocco - Mord um Macht  »

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References North by Northwest (1959) See more »


On se voit se voir
Music by Philippe Sarde
Lyrics by André Téchiné and Jacques Chaumelle
Performed by Marie-France (as Marie France)
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Unpleasant viewing
14 July 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is a strange one. Hyped as a 'variation on Hitchcock's Vertigo', it certainly fails to be that. It is odd to see the very young Isabelle Adjani when she still had puppy fat in her face, as she does not look particularly like Isabelle Adjani at all except in the eyes at that age. It was a big mistake to cast Gerard Depardieu in the role of two characters, one a boxer who is murdered and the other the killer who murdered him for money. When the boxer's girl friend Adjani shows no sign of recognition of Depardieu the killer when they meet, we know the film is hopelessly contrived, because anybody can see that it is Depardieu. This is really stretching things too far. The film is gloomy, washed-out, laden with hopelessness, a bleak vision. Andre Techine the director shows some directorial skill, so that the film is not what one would call 'badly made'. It is instead badly conceived and a failure. Also, it is rather affected to try to achieve some kind of mock-profundity by a 'study' of a girl who wants to get together with the killer of her boy friend. If this is meant to have some deep existential meaning, it flops. The profundity can be measured in millimetres.

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