A mad but cunning old man imprisons a young man in his apartment to be his friend.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Monsieur Clément
Claire Keim ...
Michel Scourneau ...
Hallucination Clément
Rose Thiéry ...
Cécile Cotte ...
Voisine repasseuse
Philippe Lefebvre ...
Karine Nuris ...
Marc-André Brunet ...
Le chef des pompiers
Franck Stepler ...
L'animateur télé
Mariame Kadi ...
La chanteuse
Tonio Descanvelle ...
Employé EDF
Katia Schuchman ...
La voisine du rez-de-chaussée
Daniel Guthmann ...
Jochen Müller ...


A mad but cunning old man imprisons a young man in his apartment to be his friend.

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29 October 1997 (France)  »

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Barracuda - Vorsicht Nachbar!  »

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The spider and the fly.
14 January 2001 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This is a rather creepy black comedy about madness and deceit. After seeing this film you won't be so trusting. It makes me think of that saying '"come into my parlour" said the spider to the fly.'

The story begins in an apartment occupied by an eccentric old man named Clement. On nearly every wall of the apartment are portraits of Fred Astaire. It soon becomes clear that Clement is a mentally unbalanced recluse living in a fantasy world.

Luc is a young cartoonist who has just moved into an apartment across the hallway. With grand plans to sail around the world and start a family, Luc's life is normal and happy until he makes a fatal mistake. He runs into his elderly neighbour and agrees to meet his "wife".

"Barracuda" follows Luc's plight as he becomes the unwilling "son" of Clement. The film is quite engrossing as we see how Luc tries to escape from his tap-dancing captor. We see what goes on in Clement's mind as he has conversations with Fred Astaire, and get some insight of his lonely, empty life.

"Barracuda" has some chilling moments. It might seem far-fetched, but it's entertaining nevertheless. Although if you watched it over and over again you can imagine the story losing its suspense.

One of the things I like best about the film is the dance music. It's quite catchy. Beware of your neighbours.

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