A film version of author Gilles Perrault's best-selling book about the 1976 trial and execution of Christian Ranucci, the youth who was convicted with extremely inconclusive evidence of ... See full summary »

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Serge Avedikian ...
Michelle Marquais ...
Louise Mathon, la mère de Ranucci
Claire Deluca ...
Mademoiselle le juge d'instruction
Roland Bertin ...
Le commissaire Robiana
Roland Blanche ...
L'inspecteur Couderc
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L'inspecteur Commenci
Gérard Chaillou ...
L'inspecteur Dubois
Maud Rayer ...
Odile Garnier
Didier Flamand ...
Jean Garnier
Régis Porte ...
Me Jean-François Laffont, l'avocat de Ranucci
Robert Rimbaud ...
Me Vernier
Jean Barney ...
Me Paolini
Marpessa Djian ...
Monique Bodj, l'amie de Ranucci
Roger Ibáñez ...
M. Garcia, le père d'Elisa
Rosita Fernandez ...
Mme Garcia, la mère d'Elisa
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A film version of author Gilles Perrault's best-selling book about the 1976 trial and execution of Christian Ranucci, the youth who was convicted with extremely inconclusive evidence of murdering an eight-year-old girl in Southern France. The publicity the book and film helped abolish capital punishment in France in 1981. Written by T P Uschanov <tuschano@cc.helsinki.fi>

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Excellent Film - Gripping Plot
25 May 2002 | by (Ile-de-France / Paris Region, France) – See all my reviews

Although the anti death penalty lobby in France ( of which I am NOT part) used this film in their "Fight" against capital punishment, I do not at all think that this was the purpose of the film. It is indeed excellently acted, with good picture quality and a plot which keeps the spectator on tenterhooks from beginning to end. Serge Avedikian is excellent in the Role of Christian Renucci who is convicted on charges of murdering an eight year old girl somewhere between Toulon and Aix en Provence in Southern France. To me the film is more a denounciation of the police methods used at the time to convict Ranucci. Any evidence against his being the murderer of the child is quietly omitted from the trial and because he admitted the murder (presumably under pressure from the police) despite retracting his statement later, he is considered guilty and condemned to death by guilloting. His death is just the result - the problem is the French judicial system and the behaviour of the police who needed to have a guilty party to pin the blame on and to satisfy local demand which was to see somebody die for this crime to avenge their despair at the death of the child. Picture quality of the film is excellent and acting very good. Some of the events seem unbelievable and incoherent and I wonder whether the reality was really as depicted in the film. Whatever the case, the film is highly enjoyable entertainment on a story level but it should be taken as a story and not as a political anti-capital punishment effort.


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