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Le Boucher (1970)

Le boucher (original title)
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An unlikely friendship between a dour, working class butcher and a repressed schoolteacher coincides with a grisly series of Ripper-type murders in a provincial French town.

Director:

Claude Chabrol

Writer:

Claude Chabrol
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stéphane Audran ... Hélène
Jean Yanne ... Popaul / Paul Thomas
Antonio Passalia Antonio Passalia ... Angelo
Pascal Ferone Pascal Ferone ... Père Cahrpy / Uncle Cahrpy
Mario Beccara Mario Beccara ... Léon Hamel
William Guérault William Guérault ... Charles
Roger Rudel Roger Rudel ... Commissaire Grumbach / Inspector Grumbach
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Storyline

Butcher Popaul meets schoolteacher Helene at a wedding in a small rural French village. They become friends. But girls are murdered in the area and Helene finds at the scene the lighter she gave Popaul... Written by Yepok

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

19 December 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le Boucher See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film is included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list. See more »

Goofs

When the blood from a murder victim drips down onto a girl from a cliff above, the hand shown dripping the blood looks fake. See more »

Quotes

Popaul: If you never make love, you go crazy.
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Connections

References Strangers on a Train (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

Plaisir D'Amour
Music by Johann Martini (uncredited)
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Chabrol at his best
14 March 1999 | by moyarooSee all my reviews

From the opening title sequences we are drawn into a world torn between the veneer of civilization and the desperate struggle of the caves. Two very different and yet lonely souls meet and fall in love. Cliched, yes, but it is not the concier of love that drives this film, it is the inevitable conflict, the inevitable discovery that all is not as it seems. there is something dreadful haunting the serenity of the Dordogne valley and chabrol is going to give it every twist and turn it deserves.

Stephane Audran and Jean Yanne are not the most likely lovers, yet once they meet their attraction works we believe in them. We hope with Helene for the best and we fear with Popaul for the worst in humanity.

Ultimately the truth must come forth and when it does we believe in the truth of the moment. The characterizations are flawless. This is perhaps Chabrols best work dark moody and so tightly constructed that one must remember to breathe. (Though I must confess that I loved The Story of Women- and Madame Bovary as well)

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