An inspector is having a secret relationship with a woman. When she is murdered by his boss, all proof is against him.An inspector is having a secret relationship with a woman. When she is murdered by his boss, all proof is against him.An inspector is having a secret relationship with a woman. When she is murdered by his boss, all proof is against him.
- Le contrôleur de la S.N.C.Fas Le contrôleur de la S.N.C.F
- (as Georges F. Dehlen)
France produced more than its fair share of 'Policiers' in the 1970's which are basically pulp but with excellent production values and this one is no exception. Stylish cinematography and taut editing enable the film to justify its two hour length. There is no doubting its power to grip and to hold ones attention.
This is due in no small part to the protagonists being played by Yves Montand, Francois Périer, Simone Signoret and Stephania Sandrelli.
Like so many actors Montand gained depth with maturity and is utterly compelling here as a police inspector whose professional and emotional life is unravelling and who goes to the most extreme lengths to conceal his identity! Stalwart Périer is superb as a jealous, middle-aged man whose moment of madness wreaks such havoc and Sandrelli brings an added dimension to the role of unwitting femme fatale. One runs out of superlatives when speaking of Simone Signoret, an artiste of great courage who seemed totally devoid of vanity and who made the difficult transition from sex symbol to character actress. She lends an especially emotional presence here as Périer's invalid wife.
Whether the plot evolves into grotesque absurdity or surrealist nightmare is of course down to the individual viewer but while watching this bizarre tale unfolding I was reminded of present day philosopher Alain Boton's observation that everyone of us is mad.
- Jan 18, 2022