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This Man Must Die (1969)

Que la bête meure (original title)
A man asserts himself within the life of an actress he believes is somehow responsible for his son's death.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Charles Thénier
... Hélène Lanson
... Paul Decourt
... Jeanne Decourt
Marc Di Napoli ... Philippe Decourt
Louise Chevalier ... Madame Levenes
Guy Marly ... Jacques Ferrand
Lorraine Rainer ... Anna Ferrand
Dominique Zardi ... Le premier inspecteur de police
Stéphane Di Napoli ... Michel Thénier
Raymone ... La mère de Paul
Michel Charrel ... Le ferrailleur
France Girard
... Le policier
Robert Rondo ... Le garagiste
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Single father obsessed with murdering the hit&run driver who killed his only child, poses as a screenwriter to get close to an actress who was in the death car. He feels fully prepared to kill the pretty young woman if she was the driver, but as his knowledge of her family grows, so does his empathy for them. Written by David Stevens

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The only film in the 'Hélène cycle' where Claude Chabrol's regular leading actress in the cycle, Stéphane Audran, doesn't star as a character named Hélène. Caroline Cellier plays the role of a character named Hélène instead. See more »

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The ogre.
13 August 2001 | by See all my reviews

"Que la bête meure " belongs to Chabrol's golden era.This is one of his most brilliant achievements,and,nevertheless,he would do even better with the next one"le boucher",with,again,Jean Yanne,an actor,who,before ,was featured in generally mediocre commercial movies.In his two films with Chabrol ,Yanne will show skills we would never thought of.Both characters,in "que la bete..." and "le boucher" are monsters;but monsters of different kinds:in "le boucher",Yanne is pitiful,moving,a product of the war (in Algeria?)On the other hand,in "Que la bête...",he's a hateful vulgar petit bourgeois brute.Compare the way Chabrol introduces his characters:in "le boucher",Popaul appears in the first scene,the wedding banquet,and he seems a good guy.In "Que la bête...",Chabrol does not show his face during Duchaussoy's son death on the road.When finally,the father discovers the reckless driver's house,we meet first his scared family circle.Then we hear his formidable voice.All happens like in a fairy tale:Tom Thumb entering the ogre's den.Perhaps Chabrol's most terrifying character, he holds up to ridicule his wife's attempt at poetry and he cannot understand his son ,a frail,sensitive,and clever teenager. The plot will take shape quickly,and after this story of sound and fury,the last pictures brings the audience some relief.Note,in both films,"le boucher" and "Que la bête.." ,the presence of water in these last pictures.


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