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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)  »

Also Known As:

Le cri du hibou  »

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Implausible, but not too blame for it
28 January 2006 | by (Frankfurt, Germany) – See all my reviews

This Chabrol movie seems to be almost forgotten - given the few comments printed here and given the fact that it's unlikely to be mentioned among the maestros masterpieces. Even though it is based on a novel by Patricia Highsmith, and has some degree of tension in it, "Le Cri du Hibou" doesn't really draw the viewer inside the small world of it's handful of characters. Everyone in this film seems to have his private neurosis, and when fate bonds them all together, an explosive mixture is the result. Unfortunately (and unusually for Chabrol) the narration is not clever enough to tantalize the viewer. Instead, quite a bunch of implausible elements make it hard to enjoy the unfolding of the story. Then again, since it is the story of a man regarded as threat by his surrounding without ever wanting to threat anyone, a man seen as guilty without guilt (or is there guilt at his hands?), Chabrol had to avoid all too much realism. An ultra-realistic view at the same story would stop at 40 minutes; it would not be able to display the ideas driving the characters to their deeds like Chabrol does. Seen through this perspective, the film is quite an interesting statement.

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