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Inspector Bellamy -- During chief inspector Paul Bellamy's annual vacation in Nîmes, an unexpected visit from his alcoholic stepbrother upsets the peace. Also jarring is the stranger who asks Bellamy for protection.


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Odile Barski (scenario, adaptation and dialogue) &
Claude Chabrol (scenario, adaptation and dialogue)
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Release Date:
25 February 2009 (France) See more »
The Final Film of Claude Chabrol, France's Master of Suspense
A well known Parisian inspector becomes involved in an investigation while on holiday. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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'There is always another story, there is more than meets the eye.' WH Auden See more (24 total) »


  (in credits order)

Gérard Depardieu ... Paul Bellamy

Clovis Cornillac ... Jacques Lebas

Jacques Gamblin ... Noël Gentil / Emile Leullet / Denis Leprince
Marie Bunel ... Françoise Bellamy

Vahina Giocante ... 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
Mauricette Pierre ... Madame Chantemerle
Jean-Claude Dumas ... Le chauffeur de taxi
Matthieu Penchinat ... Jojo
Thomas Chabrol ... Le type au tribunal
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Claire Louis ... A waitress (uncredited)

Directed by
Claude Chabrol 
Writing credits
Odile Barski (scenario, adaptation and dialogue) &
Claude Chabrol (scenario, adaptation and dialogue)

Produced by
Françoise Galfré .... executive producer
Patrick Godeau .... producer
Jean Louis Nieuwbourg .... line producer
Original Music by
Matthieu Chabrol 
Cinematography by
Eduardo Serra 
Film Editing by
Monique Fardoulis 
Casting by
Cécile Maistre  (as Mademoiselle Chouchou)
Production Design by
Françoise Benoît-Fresco 
Costume Design by
Mic Cheminal 
Makeup Department
Emmanuel Colleau .... hair stylist
Véronique Deransart .... makeup artist
Wally Diawara .... hair stylist
Turid Follvik .... key makeup artist
Karine Fra .... makeup artist
Mathilde Humeau .... key makeup artist
France Rossi .... hair stylist
Ghislaine Tortereau .... key hair stylist
Ghislaine Tortereau .... wigs
Production Management
Laurent Chiomento .... unit manager
Sylvain Marques .... assistant unit manager
Jean Louis Nieuwbourg .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
César Chabrol .... second assistant director
Vincent Guillerminet .... assistant director
Constance Meyer .... second assistant director
Art Department
Catherine Pierrat .... set dresser
Sound Department
Sophie Chiabaut .... boom operator
Eric Devulder .... sound mixer
Michel Filippi .... adr supervisor
Thierry Lebon .... sound re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Benoît Lestang .... special effects makeup
Emmanuel Pitois .... special effects makeup
Visual Effects by
Marc Bonneviot .... digital compositor
Camera and Electrical Department
Florent Bazin .... first assistant camera
Eric Bonnaire .... grip
Philippe Canu .... grip
Mathieu Caudroy .... Steadicam operator
Delphine Desbruères .... second assistant camera
Moune Jamet .... still photographer
Dominique Robert .... key grip
Paulo Rodrigues .... technician: Super techno Loumasystems
Julie Sayagh .... assistant video
Michel Thiriet .... camera operator
Casting Department
Maguy Aimé .... casting: children
Fabienne Dubois .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Laurence Glentzin .... costumer (as Laurence Glentzlin)
Valérie Le Hello .... costumer
Gil Noir .... costumer
Editorial Department
Christophe Bousquet .... color timer
Music Department
Georges Brassens .... additional music: "Les copains d'abord", "Dans l'eau de la chaire fontaine" and "Quand les cons sont braves"
Patrick Charmetant .... music executive producer
Orchestre Colonne .... orchestra
Henri Demarquette .... performer: "Concerto en mi mineur pour violoncelle et orchestre"
Marc-Olivier Dupin .... additional music: "Habanera"
Edward Elgar .... additional music: "Concerto en mi mineur pour violoncelle et orchestre"
Jimmy Kaleth .... additional music: "Passing Clouds"
Jean-Loup Morette .... music recording mixer: "Concerto en mi mineur pour violoncelle et orchestre"
Laurent Petitgirard .... conductor
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky .... additional music: "Sympnhonie No6 Op. 74 - Pathétique" (as P.I. Tchaikovsky)
Other crew
Sophie Ba .... production coordinator
Laure Blaess .... production accountant
Maria Filali-Sadqui .... consultant: Tango coach
Jean-Claude Lagniez .... travelling car
Eva Simonet .... press attache

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Bellamy" - France (original title)
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Argentina:110 min | Germany:110 min (Berlin International Film Festival) | USA:110 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Paul Bellamy:People kill to get rid of something, but with most killers, they kill because they want to get rid of themselves.See more »
Movie Connections:
References The Night of the Hunter (1955)See more »
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23 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
'There is always another story, there is more than meets the eye.' WH Auden, 5 October 2010
Author: gradyharp from United States

Claude Chabrol (24 June 1930 - 12 September 2010) was one of the French mainstream New Wave film directors, celebrated for his suspense thrillers. BELLAMY is his last film and as such will probably remain one of his more fascinating. he was able to take what appeared on the surface to be rather mundane characters and story threads and twist them and turn them into fascinating tales. This trait is very evident in the mesmerizing, seemingly off the cuff film BELLAMY which holds our attention in a friendly conversational kind of way and then turns the tables at the end, leaving the viewer with the question 'why didn't I see that coming?'

Famous Parisian Inspector Paul Bellamy (Gérard Depardieu) and his wife Françoise (Marie Bunel) are enjoying their vacation in Françoise's childhood home in Nîmes, France when they notice a stalker. The stalker calls Bellamy to meet him: Noël Gentil (Jacques Gambin) confesses a murder he has committed and for some reason captures the attention of Bellamy. The 'murder' is an insurance scheme in which Noël staged his own death using a proxy in order to get his wife's life insurance money allowing him to run away with his girlfriend Nadia Sancho (Vahina Giocante). 'Noël Gentil' is actually Emile Leullet married to Madame Leullet (Adrienne Pauly) but after the staged car-over-the-cliff accident, a car supposedly containing a street person Denis Leprince - also played by Gambin, the scam is squelched by the insurance company's investigation. Bellamy covers every lead into this strange situation and it ends with a surprise death that alters the entire scam.

Meanwhile Bellamy's restless and resentful brother Jacques (Clovis Cornillac), an ex-con who still manages to steal from friends and puts the blame on his brother, visits Bellamy and his wife, and causes disruptions in their personal life as well as bringing Bellamy to a point of facing secrets about his childhood he has hidden from the world, secrets about his brother that are resolved in a very bizarre manner. All of these facts are ingredients for a thriller of a movie, but Chabrol's technique is to treat the harsh realities of the story as mere chatty conversations. All is not as it seems and behind every thread of this episodically related story are other stories that need the viewer's concentration to resolve.

The cast is strong and the jewel of the film is the performance by Marie Bunel as the loving, affectionate, older wife. She glows. It is sad that Claude Chabrol is gone, but his fine movies are a legacy that makes him immortal.

Grady Harp

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