MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 16,297 this week

Monsieur Hire (1989)

PG-13  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  June 1990 (USA)
7.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.7/10 from 3,988 users  
Reviews: 41 user | 22 critic

A recluse is accused of murdering a young woman simply because his neighbors think he is strange.

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (scenario, adaptation and dialogue), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 12 Jun 2011
 
a list of 24 titles
created 21 Apr 2012
 
a list of 44 titles
created 19 Jul 2012
 
a list of 44 titles
created 05 Apr 2013
 
a list of 24 titles
created 24 Feb 2014
 

Related Items

Search for "Monsieur Hire" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Monsieur Hire (1989)

Monsieur Hire (1989) on IMDb 7.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Monsieur Hire.
6 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A Frenchwoman tells her marital troubles to a man she mistakes for a psychiatrist, and soon they form an unusual relationship.

Director: Patrice Leconte
Stars: Sandrine Bonnaire, Fabrice Luchini, Michel Duchaussoy
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In a small French colony, a drunken man kills someone. While a guillotine is being shipped in, he changes, becoming a good and popular man.

Director: Patrice Leconte
Stars: Juliette Binoche, Daniel Auteuil, Emir Kusturica
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A teacher and a gangster meet by chance in a small town pharmacy. As a friendship of sorts develops between these opposite personalities, each starts to envy the other and by the week's end... See full summary »

Director: Patrice Leconte
Stars: Jean Rochefort, Johnny Hallyday, Jean-François Stévenin
Ridicule (1996)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

To get royal backing on a needed drainage project, a poor French lord must learn to play the delicate games of wit at court at Versailles.

Director: Patrice Leconte
Stars: Charles Berling, Jean Rochefort, Fanny Ardant
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The upper-class owner of a gallery, Catherine Lelievre, hires the efficient and quiet maid Sophie to work in the family manor in the French countryside. Her husband Georges Lelievre, who is... See full summary »

Director: Claude Chabrol
Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Sandrine Bonnaire, Jacqueline Bisset
Tandem (1987)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Michel Mortez is going to and fro France to compere a radio game he created 25 years ago. He is famous among the average Frenchmen. But he is also a poker. Rivetot, his assistant and ... See full summary »

Director: Patrice Leconte
Stars: Gérard Jugnot, Jean Rochefort, Sylvie Granotier
Panic (1946)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

In the suburbs of Paris, an old maid has just been murdered. Every body talks about that, except the misanthrope Mr Hire. The same evening, Alice, just getting out of jail, arrives and ... See full summary »

Director: Julien Duvivier
Stars: Viviane Romance, Michel Simon, Max Dalban
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

How the life of Victor Chamara toppled during the course of a single day during the summer of 1958 ?

Director: Patrice Leconte
Stars: Jean-Pierre Marielle, Hippolyte Girardot, Sandra Extercatte
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

It's night on a Paris bridge. A girl leans over Seine River with tears in her eyes and a violent yearning to drown her sorrows. Out of nowhere someone takes an interest in her. He is Gabor,... See full summary »

Director: Patrice Leconte
Stars: Vanessa Paradis, Daniel Auteuil, Frédéric Pfluger
À nos amours (1983)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Suzanne is 15 and is having sex with many boys, just for fun, but did not manage to really love one of them. Her family does not understand her. The father does not like her behaviour. When... See full summary »

Director: Maurice Pialat
Stars: Sandrine Bonnaire, Maurice Pialat, Christophe Odent
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Three aging and failed comedians, Georges Cox, Victor Vialat and Eddie Carpentier, hit the road again with a lousy production of a lousy play, of course under the worst possible conditions.

Director: Patrice Leconte
Stars: Jean-Pierre Marielle, Philippe Noiret, Jean Rochefort
Voir la mer (2011)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Director: Patrice Leconte
Stars: Nicolas Giraud, Clément Sibony, Pauline Lefèvre
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Michel Blanc ...
...
Luc Thuillier ...
Emile
André Wilms ...
L'inspecteur de police
Eric Bérenger ...
Le gérant du bowling
Marielle Berthon ...
Pierrette Bourgeois
Philippe Dormoy ...
François
Marie Gaydu ...
La jeune fille du massage
Michel Morano ...
Le chauffeur de taxi
Nora Noël ...
La gardienne
...
L'adolescente au bowling (as Christina Reali)
Bernard Soufflet ...
Le tatoueur
André Bauduin ...
Le consommateur de crèpes
Rozeen Landrevie ...
La petite fille au bouquet
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Francis Baudet ...
Le locataire sur le palier
Edit

Storyline

Monsieur Hire is a maladjusted, balding, middle-aged man living in France. He doesn't like to talk to people. A young woman is murdered and a police detective suspects M. Hire, just because his neighbors think he is strange. Written by Mark Logan <marklo@west.sun.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

June 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Monsieur Hire  »

Box Office

Gross:

$1,417,030 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

In the opening shot of the film, you can plainly see the stomach of the 'corpse' moving up and down. See more »

Connections

Remake of Panic (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

Quatuor en Sol Mineur Op. 25 de Brahms
Music by Johannes Brahms (as Brahms)
Performed by Alexander Balanescu, Kate Musker, Tony Hinnigan, Michael Nyman
Edtions Musicales HACHETTE PREMIERE ET COMPAGNIE - KELLY MUSIC
Copyright © 1989
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A dark and interesting portrait of characters, let down by uneven pacing
23 February 2013 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

Monsieur Hire is a very dark French movie about loneliness, suspicion, prejudice… But most of all, it speaks of abuse and the deceptiveness of appearances. It starts as a murder mystery (and probably stayed so in the book by George Simenon that inspired the movie) but director Patrice Leconte quickly takes a turn towards the portrait of two characters entangled in an unhealthy relationship.

Michel Blanc makes a striking performance as Monsieur Hire, a voyeur with no known relatives and contempt for his neighbors (who despise him just as much). Sandrine Bonnaire is Alice, his young neighbor whom he likes to spy on. As is usual with her, Bonnaire's acting will divide the viewers. Some will find her exalted, while others (and that would include me) will cringe at her affected tone. Denis Lenoir's cinematography is praise-worthy and really helps underline the bleakness of the story, sometimes in a paradoxically flamboyant way. In contrast, Leconte's directing is less constantly competent. While he makes a fair share of poignant scenes and enters a sometimes very delicate dance with the camera, the pacing remains the movie's weakest feature. Despite a short running time (80 minutes), parts of it feel overstretched and contribute very little, which is a shame because some other scenes fall out of the blue and would have deserved a more in-depth look.

Overall, a flawed but interesting movie.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
See the movie 'Panique' instead aurlb
DVD? puppydog000
The roof Anthony-23
american remake? okrim37
Visual pun greenighs
Nick Cave's 'Watching Alice' Elias Kalantzis
Discuss Monsieur Hire (1989) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?