IMDb > Monsieur Hire (1989)
Monsieur Hire
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Monsieur Hire (1989) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 6 | slideshow)

Overview

User Rating:
7.6/10   3,792 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 7% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers:
Georges Simenon (novel)
Patrice Leconte (scenario, adaptation and dialogue) ...
(more)
Contact:
View company contact information for Monsieur Hire on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
June 1990 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
A recluse is accused of murdering a young woman simply because his neighbors think he is strange. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
6 wins & 8 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Classic French cinema See more (41 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Michel Blanc ... Monsieur Hire

Sandrine Bonnaire ... Alice
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

Cristiana Réali ... 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

Directed by
Patrice Leconte 
 
Writing credits
Georges Simenon (novel "Les Fiançailles de M. Hire")

Patrice Leconte (scenario, adaptation and dialogue) &
Patrick Dewolf (scenario, adaptation and dialogue)

Produced by
Philippe Carcassonne .... producer
René Cleitman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Michael Nyman 
 
Cinematography by
Denis Lenoir 
 
Film Editing by
Joëlle Hache 
 
Casting by
Catherine Chambelland 
 
Production Design by
Ivan Maussion 
 
Costume Design by
Elisabeth Tavernier 
 
Makeup Department
Judith Gayo .... makeup artist: Paris
Tina Kopecka .... makeup artist: Brussels
 
Production Management
Denis Castel .... unit production manager
Frédéric Sauvagnac .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marie-Claude Beauchaud .... second assistant director
Étienne Dhaene .... assistant director
Isabelle Han .... trainee assistant director
 
Art Department
Lisa Azuelos .... assistant art director (as Lisa Alessandrin)
Jacques Brizzio .... assistant art director
Michel Charvaz .... props
Laurent Coutellier .... props
Dominique Hue .... art department crew
 
Sound Department
Fabrice Adelin .... sound recordist
Denis Carquin .... assistant sound
Jean Goudier .... sound editor
Dominique Hennequin .... sound mixer
Jean-Louis Lebras .... boom operator
Pierre Lenoir .... sound
Jacques Lévy .... post-synchronization
Jérôme Lévy .... foley artist
Maguelone Pouget .... assistant sound editor
 
Stunts
Patrick Cauderlier .... stunts
Gilles Conseil .... stunts
Dan Schwarz .... stunts (as Dan Schwartz)
Daniel Vérité .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Eric Aupetit .... grip
Louis Bihi .... gaffer
Olivier de Pessemier .... electrician
Maurice Defait .... generator operator
Pascal Lagriffoul .... second assistant camera
Patrice Leconte .... camera operator
Jean-Marie Leroy .... still photographer
Pascal Ridao .... first assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Khadija Zeggaï .... dresser (as Khadija Zeggai)
 
Editorial Department
Maryline Monthieux .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
David Cunningham .... artistic musical director
Johnny Q. .... music recordist
 
Transportation Department
Dominique Hue .... driver
 
Other crew
Julie Belthoise .... assistant location manager
Jean Brun .... production administrator
Donatienne Desmarestz .... production secretary
Anahi Leclerc .... poster designer
Vincent Lichtle .... location manager
Maggie Perlado .... script supervisor
Dominique Segall .... press attache
Anita Vermeulen .... location manager: Belgium
 

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Runtime:
81 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Company:

Did You Know?

Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: In the opening shot of the film, you can plainly see the stomach of the 'corpse' moving up and down.See more »
Movie Connections:
Remake of Panic (1946)See more »
Soundtrack:
Quatuor en Sol Mineur Op. 25 de BrahmsSee more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Classic French cinema, 18 March 2011
Author: benjones-11 from United Kingdom

Having read some of the negative reviews regarding this film, I think the first thing to make clear here is that there is no point in watching this film if your idea of a perfect movie is Jurassic Park or The Da Vinci Code.

This is a film that focuses not on the story itself, but more on the characters and the emotions that reside within them. The above mentioned films take an idea for a story (a dinosaur filled wildlife park or a mysterious religious secret) and then devise a plot which is by far and away beyond what would ever happen in the real world.

In contrast, Monsieur Hire takes a story in which very little happens: A man is suspected of a murder. The man is a reclusive misfit, devoid of charm or humour, but he harbours a love for a woman he has never even met: a woman he knows only through seeing her from his apartment window. Unlike the aforementioned films, the plot, from beginning to end, can be summarised within just a few sentences. But it is what is behind the plot which makes this movie incredible. It is the notion of love which drives the film.

The acting and directing show passion that is more intense and sexual than anything I have seen, yet it does so without even a hint of what you would expect from a film described as "intense" and "sexual". The intensity of the love shown by the protagonist is beyond anything that one would have seen before, and yet it is far from the purity that one would normally associate with such an emotion. Indeed, it is dark and tense, and due to the questionable character of its object, one is left in turmoil as to whether this love is to be admired, pitied or instead viewed as just desserts for a man of his nature.

Those who have scored this low on the basis that the characters do not conduct themselves in a "believable way" confound me. The whole point of a film is that it takes you away from the everyday scenario. Most movies show you fairly ordinary people involved in extraordinary stories. This one shows you extraordinary characters involved in a story which (in itself) is fairly ordinary. To score this low based on its plot is to criticise Opera for its storyline. The whole point of the opera is its music, and the whole point of this film is its incredible portrayal of emotion. Brilliantly acted, brilliantly directed, and this will haunt you for some time.

If you need your films to be Hollywood factory typecasts then don't watch this. You won't enjoy it. Go and rent out The Expendibles, and leave Monsieur Hire to those who appreciate art when they see it. I'm sorry if that sounds pretentious. I enjoy a cheesy Hollywood flick as much as the next person, but it's sad that there are people who can't see beyond Stephen Spielberg, Tom Hanks and Bruce Willis.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (41 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Monsieur Hire (1989)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Georges Simenon JackBluegrass
See the movie 'Panique' instead aurlb
Mice, birds and knowing (spoilers) anneandwalt-1
The film explained (spoilers below) gabridl
american remake? okrim37
The roof Anthony-23
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Panic Deadly Circuit Basic Instinct Persepolis The Lodger
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Crime section IMDb France section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.