An inspector is having a secret relationship with a woman. When she is murdered by his boss, all proof is against him.

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François Périer ...
Commissaire Ganay
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Thérèse Ganay
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Sylvia Leopardi
Mathieu Carrière ...
L'inspecteur Ménard
Vadim Glowna ...
L'inspecteur Abadie
Claude Bertrand ...
Le marchand de cochons
Gabrielle Doulcet ...
La vieille aux chats
Alice Reichen ...
La marchande de stylos
Tony Rödel ...
L'Alsacien
Georges-Fréderic Dehlen ...
Le contrôleur de la S.N.C.F (as Georges F. Dehlen)
Serge Marquand ...
Le rouquin
Stéphane Macha
Roger Muni
Malvina Penne
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An inspector is having a secret relationship with a woman. When she is murdered by his boss, all proof is against him.

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Police Python 357 (Générique)
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Another great French film noir!
4 September 2010 | by (Capital, Buenos Aires, Argentina) – See all my reviews

Finally a film that will have you gripped to your seat till the end, and yet which is neither melodramatic nor manipulative. Great cinematography and music and of course, the cast, let alone a tight plot make this film a must-see. From the always reborn love triangle, the story develops with the right timing, faster than your average French film, and yet without anything of the Hollywood clichés that usually ruin everything. Signoret is lovable as the handicapped wife who nevertheless seems to always know everything. "dbdumonteil" on IMDb is right on track about the depersonalisation, thus adding another layer of interpretation to an already engrossing flick. I agree with "Olof" reviewer on Amazon that "Alain Corneau didn't exploit Stefania Sandrelli's scene stealing abilities", thou.

I am still wondering why Inspector Ménard does... what he does (can't say more), but my only hunch is that "violence redeems sins". I am open to hearing from other reviewers, as I can't make up my mind about his change of attitude. Of course, the fact that a film 25 years old can leave you thinking after it's over is yet another reason why you might enjoy this movie.


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