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Le chat et la souris (1975)
I Wish It Were Available on DVD
Cat and Mouse is one of the best detective films I've ever seen. I agree with the poster who suggests this would be a great film for someone to restore and re-release. As it is written and directed by the incredible Claude Lelouch, I am surprised that it is unavailable. I'd love to be able to buy a copy of it, so I can stop searching every old video retailer in every city I visit, hoping that I'll find this jewel.
The photography is excellent, as is the pacing of the film. As the viewer, you're both rooting for the "Lechat", the detective (Serge Reggiani) to solve the case, and, at the same time, you hope he doesn't.
The beautiful, sophisticated and classy Michele Morgan is perfectly cast as the wife of the murder victim.
Until Death (2007)
So close to being a great flick
This was enjoyable. This film was no small undertaking. It had a complex plot. It had quite decent production values. Plus a genuinely good performance by Jean Claude Van Damme. It just came up ever so slightly short. It almost would have played better with about 10-15 minutes extra of plot exposition. Stephen Rea's character should have been expanded. The exposition of the relationship between Van Damme's character, his wife and her boyfriend was ambitious. All-in-all though, this was an enjoyable DVD rental. A fine way to spend an evening. If it had been handled or marketed well, it should have had at least a $35MM run. Quite frankly, the character development was strong enough to give this a project shot at being expanded into a decent TV series. I'd watch it for sure.