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Défense de savoir (1973)

When the police find Simone seated near her husband's corpse it is predictable that she is charged with the murder. Jean-Pierre Laubray is appointed counsel for the defence. He begins an ... See full summary »

Director:

Nadine Trintignant (as Nadine Marquand Trintignant)

Writers:

Alain Corneau, Nadine Trintignant (as Nadine Marquand Trintignant)
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Jean-Louis Trintignant ... Jean-Pierre Laubray
Michel Bouquet ... Paul Cristiani
Charles Denner ... Jean Ravier
Juliet Berto ... Juliette Cristiani
Bernadette Lafont ... Simone
Pierre Santini Pierre Santini ... Jean
Barbara Laage ... Mme Christiani
Carlo De Mejo ... (as Carlo de Mejo)
Marie Trintignant ... La petite fille Marie
Serge Marquand Serge Marquand
Norma Bengell
Claude Piéplu ... Descarne (as Claude Pieplu)
Marc Eyraud Marc Eyraud ... Le témoin
Yves Afonso
Gilberte Géniat Gilberte Géniat ... (as Gilberte Geniat)
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When the police find Simone seated near her husband's corpse it is predictable that she is charged with the murder. Jean-Pierre Laubray is appointed counsel for the defence. He begins an inquiry into the case and he finds out that the murdered man had killed a barman in a robbery the night before. He finds out as well he was a leg-man of Cristiani's for his election campaign. He tries to contact Juliette, Cristiani's daughter, and he discovers that also Bruno, Juliette's brother, died that same night in a car accident... Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

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FORBIDDEN TO KNOW (Nadine Marquand Trintignant, 1973) **1/2
8 September 2006 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

This is a convoluted but interesting murder mystery with political overtones; the revelations (verging on an ironic banality) are presented intermittently via confessions made by a variety of characters which come as a series of flashbacks. It's aided a great deal by a splendid cast (featuring several veterans of the French New Wave): Jean-Louis Trintignant, Michel Bouquet, Charles Denner, Juliet Berto, Bernadette Lafont, Marie Trintignant and Claude Pieplu; the best performances, in my estimation, are those given by Berto and Denner, though the scenes involving the two Trintignants have an obvious intimacy about them as to make them quite special (this film was a real family affair, as it was directed by the wife of one and the mother of the other!). Composer Bruno Nicolai also adds a valuable contribution to the fray with his good score.


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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

30 August 1973 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Forbidden to Know See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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