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Buffet froid (1979)

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 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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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

19 December 1979 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Buffet Froid See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

France 2 (FR2),Sara Films See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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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29 June 2002 | by jimi99See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite black comedies, on a level with Strangelove, After Hours, The Loved One, Little Murders and Cul de Sac. A kind of Three Stooges meets Samuel Beckett, it successfully traverses farce, slapstick, absurdism, and intellectual existential psychodrama. The stooges are hilarious, particularly Bernard Blier, the great French character actor (and father of director,) while the women are all in danger but really in control of this careening nightmare. The shift 3/4ths of the way through from the surreal city nightscape into the sunny countryside is brilliant and leads to a perfect ending...


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