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Peril (1985)
"Péril en la demeure" (original title)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  2 August 1985 (USA)
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A magnate and his younger wife hire David to teach guitar to their teenage daughter. The wife quickly seduces David, and simultaneously he strikes up an acquaintance with the family's ... See full summary »

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A magnate and his younger wife hire David to teach guitar to their teenage daughter. The wife quickly seduces David, and simultaneously he strikes up an acquaintance with the family's inquisitive neighbor. One night, David is mugged but rescued from injury by a stranger, Daniel, who also becomes David's friend and admits to being a hit man. Video tapes of their activities appear in the lovers' mail; David thinks they're from the neighbor, Daniel is sure the husband is onto the affair and hired the mugger. After Daniel tells David that he's been hired to kill the husband, an elaborate manipulation plays out, with murder, suicide, a payoff, more videos, and a surprise pairing. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A love affair between a guitar teacher and a married woman is not what it appears
30 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Peril en la demeure" is an interesting and entertaining neo-noir, done in an understated way that builds considerable suspense. It is very well done.

The overt themes of the movie are voyeurism, trust, fascination with danger, manipulation, and broken trust. The covert theme is hidden sexual desires.

Although all the characters are middle class or upper middle class, and although they all behave politely for the most part, nevertheless they convey considerable passion, desire and actions that are breaking conventional moral bounds. The way that the movie tells the story is even-tempered so that their actions come across as at once run of the mill even though they are far from normal and mysterious. They can be understood, however, by thinking about the covert motivations of each character. We are given numerous clues and statements about those motivations.

The movie has a very restrained tongue-in-cheek quality too, almost as if each character is enjoying toying with and attempting to manipulate the other characters. We are along for the ride to see who comes out on top, if any.

I will not reveal the plot, but I'll mention the basic set-up. There is a man, wife and daughter. The daughter plays guitar. They hire a young man to be her guitar teacher. Next door to them lives a young woman who has just moved in. She likes to take pictures. The guitar teacher's father has an unusual hobby. A contract killer enters the picture and befriends the guitar teacher. This man has saved the teacher's hand from being smashed in an assault by a thug.

This set-up leads to a rich neo-noir story and film.


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