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Le Boucher (1970)

Le boucher (original title)
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 (by)
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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:

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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: But, shit, I asked you if I kissed you now, what would you say?
Hélène: I'd say nothing, but please don't.
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Connections

Referenced in Le boucher: intervista a Claude Chabrol (2005) See more »

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Plaisir D'Amour
Music by Johann Martini (uncredited)
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Chabrol's triumph
28 July 2001 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Chabrol's triumph and also Stephane Audran's finest performance;only "le festin de Babette" will give her a part as strong as this one.She plays a luminous radiant beaming schoolteacher ,teaching her pupils spelling with a little help from Honore de Balzac and dance with "le menuet du Bourgeois Gentilhomme",a Molière-Lully collaboration.She epitomizes honesty,loyalty,innocence and devotion to her work.In direct contrast to her,we have Popaul,the butcher,masterfully played by Jean Yanne (He's never been as good as with Chabrol:please,please,do see "que la bête meure" (The beast must die)):He's obviously in love with Hélène /Audran but he realizes the gap between them.He's a crude uneducated brute,but his clumsiness is so touching you side with him.But we know from the start that won't be a happy story:the first scene,dealing with Cro-Magnon in dark caves heralds a story of blood and bestiality.Popaul is Cro-Magnon ,but he's also a victim of the war they waged with his blood.Chabrol 's camera insists on the war memorial,this inhuman piece of stone surrounded by four shells.LOOKS are more important than words between Popaul and Hélène,and as she begins to comprehend the horror of the situation,we know ,that in spite of what Popaul has done,she feels for him.Chabrol excels in depicting a small village ,French critics often compare him to an entomologist."Le boucher" remains his finest work to date.


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