As every summer, Georges Lajoie, his wife Ginette and grown-up son Léon go on holiday to Loulou's campsite. They join old friends, the Schumachers and the Colins. Brigitte Colin, the ... See full summary »
François Perrin plays football at the AS Trincamp. During a training session, he gets into a fight with Bertier, the team's star, and is ordered off the field. The club's boss, who is also ... See full summary »
A young journalist stumbles across something much more sinister than a simple suicide in the death of a politician - the death seems to be an assassination contrived by an American ... See full summary »
Rene is a "ripou", a rotten cop who makes ends meet by accepting bribes, presents and free drinks from the people he should be putting in jail. When his partner retires, he must team up ... See full summary »
Three adolescents, a girl who serves as the priming and two boys, kill two men cold blooded who were known by the girl only for to steal the money of them. With the money the three want to ... See full summary »
A bisexual petty criminal named Bob encounters a married couple arguing in a bar. Bob breaks up the fight and proceeds to seduce first the wife and then the husband. Then Bob teaches the ... See full summary »
According to Yves Boisset in his memoirs, he and Patrick Dewaere had a severe argument on the set of this film. They both fought and just after, Dewaere said to Boisset that he was now his friend. See more »
Judge Patrick Dewaere exposes high-level corruption
"Le Sheriff" is fiction but strongly rooted in the accomplishments of Judge Francois Renaud in exposing the nefarious underworld activities of the Service d'Action Civique (SAC), a summary of which can be found in Wikipedia. This was a group begun by de Gaulle for work in the Algerian War that came to be an underworld organization.
This movie is closely-related to some poliziotteschi movies that show official corruption being battled by some justice officials and/or police in what is an uphill battle. Director Boisset here courageously took on the "system" and was unafraid to depict corruption's links to the SAC.
A "judge" in France is something like a prosecutor who goes to crime scenes, interrogates witnesses, and then decides who might be arrested or indicted. It's a vastly different role than an American judge. Patrick Dewaere plays the young, idealistic, determined and voluble judge. He happens upon a case that naturally opens up into false alibis and the SAC protecting criminals. The policeman working with him is Philippe Leotard. The superior Prosecutor to him is Jean Bouise. The story follows him through the case as he confronts resistance from above and the SAC political influence. Marcel Bozzufi has a part as a skilled SAC operative and gunman who engineers a big robbery and sees to it that the money gets to a Swiss bank where it's laundered and recycled to campaign contributions in France.
The movie is a solid but not exceptional treatment of the subject. It more or less moves ahead without great suspense or pizazz. To me, it seemed predictable, because I've seen so many poliziotteschis that covered some of the same ground as well as some other French thrillers that did likewise. But it's still basically a good film that's hard-hitting in its willingness to confront the system.
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