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Les scrupules de Maigret 

While in Brussels where he is being rewarded with the Order of Leopold, Maigret is asked for by a man named Xavier Marton who tells him that he suspects his wife Gisèle to want to murder ... See full summary »

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Commissaire Jules Maigret
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Xavier Marton
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Gisèle Marton
Florence Hebbelynck ...
Jany
Olivier Darimont ...
L'inspecteur Lambert
Renaud Rutten ...
L'inspecteur Vandermeulen
Michel Guillou ...
Le commissaire Marcel Deruyter
Jean-Michel Vovk ...
Harris Schwob
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anne Carpriau ...
La concierge de l'hôtel
Félicien de Heusch ...
Le gamin
André Debaar ...
Le ministre
Elsa Erroyaux ...
La vendeuse de Chez Schwob
Philippe Gouders ...
L'huissier du ministère
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Le médecin légiste
Thomas Leruth ...
Le marchand de jouets
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While in Brussels where he is being rewarded with the Order of Leopold, Maigret is asked for by a man named Xavier Marton who tells him that he suspects his wife Gisèle to want to murder him. Then the man disappears. The following evening a woman by the name of Gisèle Marton is waiting for him in the lounge when Maigret arrives in this hotel. She warns the French commissaire that he must not believe what her husband has told him as the man is paranoiac. Puzzled by this unusual situation, Maigret decides to investigate. At the Martons'luxurious house (another oddity considering what modest jobs the couple have) he meets Jany, Gisèle's sister, who lets him know that he shouldn't believe all her sister says... Written by Guy Bellinger

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11 February 2004 (France)  »

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Maigret in Belgium
2 October 2005 | by (Montigny-lès-Metz, France) – See all my reviews

A satisfactory installment in the long Maigret series, with enough mystery, enough suspense to keep the crime story fan satisfied, and, as usual, emphasis laid on the "naked human being", as Simenon put it. Part of the interest lies in the originality of the initial situation : not only is "Les scrupules de Maigret" a whodunit but also what I would call a "whowilldoit?". Xavier's death seems indeed inevitable and the viewer -just like Maigret and the two inspectors- keeps wondering WHEN it will happen. And when it does happen WHO killed him : his wife, his wife's sister or himself?

Bruno Cremer carries on imperturbably with the Maigret part but, growing older with each episode, does it slowly, taking care of himself. Joassin adopts this leisurely manner and turns what could be a defect into a quality. This way, we are made to feel Maigret's weariness : the man has seen everything and nothing in keeping with human nature surprises him any more. On the other hand this lassitude is combined with determination, with the will to go to the end of an investigation, to prevent a culprit from evading justice of course but mainly to discover what motivated them. So, tired as he is, on he goes his plodding way to the climax and invariably sad ending of his undertaking.

The mid-fifties as well as the Belgian environment add extra value to the detective story. I loved the beautiful old cars and was amused at the allusion to a typical Belgian dish, the "shtoemp", I had never heard of before my Belgian wife made me discover it (for the recipe contact me at my email address!) and I would never have dreamed of ever seeing mentioned in a movie.

Another pleasure was the performance of Pascale Arbillot, a great actress,who manages to be both haughty and fragile.

Recommended.


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