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The Cry of the Owl (1987)
"Le cri du hibou" (original title)

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After separation from his wife Robert moves to Vichy where he observes beautiful Juliette. Her fiance Patrick becomes jealous and attacks Robert. When Patrick disappears Robert is suspected to have killed him.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christophe Malavoy ...
Jacques Penot ...
Jean-Pierre Kalfon ...
Le commissaire / Police commisionneer
Virginie Thévenet ...
Patrice Kerbrat ...
Jean-Claude Lecas ...
Agnès Denèfle ...
Victor Garrivier ...
Le médecin
Jacques Brunet ...
Le père
Charles Millot ...
Le directeur
Yvette Petit ...
La voisine
Dominique Zardi ...
Le voisin
Henri Attal ...
Un flic
Albert Dray ...
Un flic


Robert is an architect and artist, in Vichy after separating from his Parisian wife, Véronique, herself newly engaged. Robert finds it calms him to stand in the shadows of the home of Juliette and Patrick and watch her cook. She thinks he's a prowler and confronts him, then invites him in. Soon, she's dumped Patrick, decided she's in love with this stranger, and pursues him. Robert's diffident, Patrick is furious, and violence follows. The police are incompetent, Véronique sees an opportunity to play revenge games, and the impressionable Juliette is ensnared by thoughts of death. Can anyone exercise reason? Written by <>

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28 October 1987 (France)  »

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The Cry of the Owl  »

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counterfeit Hitchcock: accept no substitutes
12 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A film described as being "in the Hitchcock tradition" usually means "a cheap imitation", and this French import is no exception. Director Claude Chabrol tries hard to invoke the spirit of the Master by adapting his screenplay from a story by Patricia Highsmith (author of 'Strangers on a Train') about a divorced artist with a fixation about birds (sound familiar?), whose voyeuristic attraction to the unhappily marries Mathilda May leads to a perfectly innocent, platonic friendship between two manic-depressive people. The plot kicks into gear after May's jealous husband disappears; birdman Christophe Malavoy is then accused of foul play, and the film goes to pieces in a hurry, collapsing into a random sampling of routine plot twists before ending in an unfair, inconclusive freeze-frame. It might have been an entertaining whodunit, but unlike his mentor Chabrol takes his scenario far too seriously: you only have to imagine the actors speaking their dialogue in English straight from the subtitles to realize how silly it really is. The film was made in 1987 but until 1991 was never released on this side of the Atlantic, and for good reason.

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