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Monsieur Hire
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Director:
Writers:
Georges Simenon (novel)
Patrice Leconte (scenario, adaptation and dialogue) ...
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Release Date:
June 1990 (USA) See more »
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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 »
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(14 articles)
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A dark and interesting portrait of characters, let down by uneven pacing See more (41 total) »

Cast

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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
 

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81 min
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Revealing mistakes: 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 »
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Quatuor en Sol Mineur Op. 25 de BrahmsSee more »

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
A dark and interesting portrait of characters, let down by uneven pacing, 23 February 2013
Author: XavierVA from Belgium

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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