Auntie Danielle, supposedly in ailing health but in reality just a nasty old bitch, lives with a paid housekeeper who she regularly abuses. When the housekeeper dies falling off a ladder, ... See full summary »
Frederique (Huppert) leaves her family's small-town trout farm to embark on an journey taking her to Japan and into the arms of a man. Irritations concerning her actions and present state ... See full summary »
Louis Bertain is the owner of a Paris garage which is the front for a robbery gang. He and his accomplices are careful to keep up a civic veneer by day, indulging in criminal activities ... See full summary »
In Paris, a gold smuggler is at war with other local gangsters who want piece of the action. Then the mob shows up and makes things worse. Also, an undercover US Treasury Department agent is trying to infiltrate the smuggler's business.
Lady M. wades every morning through the sea in order to heal her pain. But she is not what she pretends to be: Together with her partner Pompilius she finances her luxurious life by fraud ... See full summary »
When a small town begins losing its citizenry in a series of grisly murders, out-of-town police inspector Jean Lavardin (Jean Poiret) is sent to investigate. Could the killers be a bullied ... See full summary »
Inspector Maigret is traveling to the French countryside to visit his friend, the duchess of Saint-Fiacre. She has received a letter recently stating that she will die soon. A few days ... See full summary »
Here's one of Mocky stabs at religion and a good one too! Not that it's the first time he tackles the subject (remember Un Drôle de Paroissien in the 1960's) but this time he's really angry about it. His target: Lourdes and all the business and the money that's made out of people's credulity; the "religion shops" where you can buy plastic Jesuses and Holy Marys... He's greatly helped by a duo of actors on top of their game: Jean Poirte and Michel Serrault, both of which have made numerous other films with this director. And Jeanne Moreau, in one of her rare outrageous comedy roles. Very spiky dialogues, the usual Mocky freewheeling liberating feel about it all, and you get one of his most coherent and enjoyable films. One not to miss, and which (delightfully) shocked me as a kid...
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