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From real Dr Petiot's life. During world war II Petiot, a M.D. in occupied Paris, promised to rich jew persons among his patients to pass them in Spain. In fact he drugged them and burnt ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michel Serrault ...
Docteur Petiot
Pierre Romans ...
Drezner
Bérangère Bonvoisin ...
Georgette Petiot
Zbigniew Horoks ...
Nathan Guzik
Aurore Prieto ...
Madame Guzik
Nita Klein ...
Madame Kern
Claude Degliame
Martine Montgermont ...
Cécile Drezner
Nini Crépon ...
Collard
André Julien ...
Forestier
André Chaumeau ...
Célestin Nivelon
Axel Bogousslavsky ...
Louis Rossignol
Maxime Collion ...
Gérard Petiot
Nadège Boscher ...
Alice
Jean Dautremay ...
Gourlin
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From real Dr Petiot's life. During world war II Petiot, a M.D. in occupied Paris, promised to rich jew persons among his patients to pass them in Spain. In fact he drugged them and burnt them in his coal-range, steeling their wells. After Liberation he was condemned to death. Written by Anonymous

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Hugely entertaining account of a French mass murderer
25 January 1999 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

From the opening sequence in a cinema when Dr Petiot (the extraordinary Michel Serrault) seethes with indignation at the puny evil portrayed by a Nosferatu-like character on-screen and then enters the action (a la Purple Rose of Cairo), you know this is an unusual movie experience. The story is strongly based on the real Petiot, a deranged but extremely clever, even witty, physician who preyed on desperate people fleeing the Holocaust and enriched himself in the process, then escaped arrest and built a new career as a French army doctor. When, finally, the real Petiot was brought to trial, he became an instant celebrity and the event a true cause celebre. This movie was something of a labour of love for Serrault and at a time when Roberto Benigni's La Vita e Bella is causing a sensation, this sleeper should become far better known.


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