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Buffet Froid (1979)

Buffet froid (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime | 19 December 1979 (France)
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Black comedy about solitude and the dehumanization of the modern world, through the adventures of three men. First introduced is Alphonse Tram, an unemployed young man. His only neighbour ... See full summary »

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Bertrand Blier

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Bertrand Blier
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gérard Depardieu ... Alphonse Tram
Bernard Blier ... Inspecteur Morvandieu / Insp. Morvandieu
Jean Carmet ... L'assassin / The murderer
Denise Gence Denise Gence ... L'hôtesse / The hostess
Marco Perrin ... Le maçon / The man in undershirt
Jean Benguigui ... L'homme en noir / The hired killer
Carole Bouquet ... Le jeune femme / The young woman at the end
Jean Rougerie Jean Rougerie ... Eugène Léonard, le témoin
Liliane Rovère ... Josyane
Bernard Crombey Bernard Crombey ... Le toubib / The doctor (as Bernard Crommbey)
Michel Fortin Michel Fortin ... L'escogriffe
Roger Riffard Roger Riffard ... Le garde de la tour
Maurice Travail Maurice Travail ... Le garde du terrain vague
Nicole Desailly Nicole Desailly ... La femme divorcée
Pierre Frag Pierre Frag ... L'homme divorcé
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Black comedy about solitude and the dehumanization of the modern world, through the adventures of three men. First introduced is Alphonse Tram, an unemployed young man. His only neighbour is the police chief-inspector Morvandieu. Then a third man appears: he is Alphonse's wife's murderer... Bizarre and unreal. Written by Yepok

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Comedy | Crime

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

19 December 1979 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Buffet Froid See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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The film had 777,127 admissions in France which was considered a failure. It has however since gained cult status. See more »

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When Insp. Morvandieu fires his gun, for the first time and at the end, he shoots 10 rounds in a row without reloading, whereas he uses a 6 chambers revolver. See more »

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Referenced in Merci la vie (1991) See more »

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Quatuor Opus 51 No 1
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Surreal and brilliant
17 October 2003 | by R_O_U_SSee all my reviews

I won't go into the plot, it's not important, except to say that it centres on a "friendship" between three men. One may have murdered someone in the subway. One is a probably homicidal detective. And the third murdered the first man's wife. This is a French film, and it's hard to see it working well in any other language or setting. The sudden shift to the countryside is a little jarring, but that would be my only minor criticism of the film.


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