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As every year, chief inspector Paul Bellamy spends a few days with his wife Françoise in the family house in Nîmes. Jacques, Paul's stepbrother, turns up unawares, which is bad news since the fellow is an alcoholic good for nothing. Also annoying is this stranger at bay who asks Bellamy for protection. Farewell peaceful holiday! Written by
Chabrol is definitely at his best in Bellamy. It is subtle, full of humor, and very well played. The performance of Gérard Depardieu, kind of ogre, easy-going but not only, Marie Bunel, with her touch of amused sensuality, Jacques Gamblin, mastering three characters, three faces of the madness, and Clovis Cornillac, as a magnificent alcoholic loser, are simply tremendous. Some knowledge of Georges Brassens songs and Georges Simenon detective novels (Both Georges...) can optionally help to better appreciate the dialogs. But anyway, go and dive into the fascinating depth of the characters. Is Mr Gentil a killer? What is Commissaire Bellamy's terrific secret? Bellamy is the kind of detective movie the Commissaire Maigret's novels should have been adapted for the screen alike.
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