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Monsieur Hire (1989)

 -  Crime | Drama | Thriller  -  June 1990 (USA)
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A recluse is accused of murdering a young woman simply because his neighbors think he is strange.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Michel Blanc ...
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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
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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
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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>

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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$1,417,030 (USA)
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In the opening shot of the film, you can plainly see the stomach of the 'corpse' moving up and down. See more »

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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
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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.


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