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Inspector Bellamy (2009)

Bellamy (original title)
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A well known Parisian inspector becomes involved in an investigation while on holiday.

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Jacques Lebas
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Noël Gentil / Emile Leullet / Denis Leprince
Marie Bunel ...
Françoise Bellamy
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Nadia Sancho
Marie Matheron ...
Madame Leullet
Adrienne Pauly ...
Claire Bonheur
Yves Verhoeven ...
Alain
Bruno Abraham-Kremer ...
Bernard
Rodolphe Pauly ...
L'avocat
Maxence Aubenas ...
Gilles
Anne Maureau ...
La journaliste TV
Henri Cohen ...
Le Président du tribunal
Thierry Calas ...
Le médecin-légiste
Dominique Ratonnat ...
Le médecin
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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 Guy Bellinger

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The Final Film of Claude Chabrol, France's Master of Suspense

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$20,635 (USA) (29 October 2010)

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$105,893 (USA) (17 December 2010)
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Paul Bellamy: It's bad to kill someone. Why did you do that?
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Symphonie No. 6 op. 74 Pathetique
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky ( as P.I. Tchaikovsky)
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Another curious non-event from Claude Chabrol
14 August 2010 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Bellamy is another curious non-event from Claude Chabrol, taking colourful elements and turning them into something mundane and petit bourgeois in a plot that ambles along like someone doing his chores with his mind on something else. Yet curiously enough, while it lacks narrative drive, threat or much in the way of involvement, it's rather watchable in a very cosy Sunday teatime TV way. It's hard not to imagine this turning up on TV with David Suchet in the intermittently Botoxed Gerard Depardieu's role as the distracted Maigret-like detective who interrupts his holiday to uncover the truth behind a fatal insurance swindle after the guilty party (Jacques Gamblin in a double/triple role) gets in touch, but it's hard to understand just why he becomes so fascinated with the man and the case that he doesn't turn him in. As usual, Chabrol provides no real answers, with even its hero unsure if he's found the truth or been taken for a ride. Instead, this being Chabrol, information is exchanged in polite conversations in social situations or over dinner parties as gossip, with crime and death almost a distraction for the chattering classes.

What little edge there is is provided by Depardieu's most recent Asterix co-star Clovis Cornillac as his resentful half-brother, the black sheep of the family with a tendency to steal from friends and blame all his misfortunes on his brother getting all the luck. While it's obvious where this relationship is headed, it does at least bring into some relief the film's take on the role of luck in crime and everyday life, be it a grandparent walking into the wrong room at the right time or a spouse noticing a potentially deadly pitfall the other overlooks. Even the crime itself turns out to probably not to have been a crime after all because the chosen victim luckily had ideas of his own… Unfortunately, despite ending with a quote from W.H. Auden about there always being another story under the one that's visible, there's not a great deal more than the film offers on the surface. It's restrained almost to the point of tedium at times without ever quite tipping over, and what little suspense and interest the film generates is more a mild curiosity as to where the film is going and if it'll ever get there than the mystery itself, or even Bellamy's dark childhood secret when it is finally revealed. Ultimately it's all rather ordinary, as most crimes are, yet there's still something almost reassuring about seeing something so ordinary and unhurried made for the big screen rather than the small. Its rewards are frankly few (though Marie Bunel's performance as Depardieu's wife is one of them) and it will strain the patience of many, but if you can take the pace it's not an unpleasant way to spend an hour and three quarters.


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