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Francois always despised the textile barons who ruled his local town. But he fell in love with the family heiress Gilberte. Ten years ago, he would have married her. Now only hatred holds them together. Francois is accused of murder. A hooker and a football star lie slaughtered. He thinks he has been framed by the mob. Going underground, he finds that the trail leads all the way to the top - to Gilberte's family. He needs friends. And friends are hard to come by in his town. Written by
Jean-Paul Belmondo, out of prison for a crime he didn't commit, investigates the case himself
"Body of My Enemy" is not a hard-boiled crime story, but it is a crime story. There are two Belmondos played here. One is the brown-haired Belmondo of 7 years earlier, who met and made love to the daughter (Marie-France Pisier) of the local textile magnate, Bernard Blier. She married someone else. Belmondo opened a successful night club. When a double murder occurred in his club and with his revolver, he was convicted of murder but with extenuating circumstances. After serving 7 years, the more grey-haired Belmondo is released. He goes back to find out who framed him. The story alternates between past and present, letting us in on what happened as Belmondo himself discovers it.
Belmondo's character is a man with a sunny disposition, while underneath he is very serious about his objectives. This charm of his takes the edge off a story that could have been told in a tough and violent way but is not. The pacing is leisurely, and there really isn't that much complexity to the story. It's reasonably entertaining. Belmondo does his usual good job.
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