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Série noire (1979)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 25 April 1979 (France)
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Franck Poupart is a slightly neurotic door-to-door salesman in a sinister part of Paris' suburbs. He meets Mona, a teenager, who's been made a prostitute by her own aunt. Franck would like ... See full summary »

Director:

Alain Corneau

Writers:

Jim Thompson (novel), Georges Perec (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Patrick Dewaere ... Franck Poupart
Myriam Boyer Myriam Boyer ... Jeanne
Marie Trintignant ... Mona
Bernard Blier ... Staplin
Jeanne Herviale Jeanne Herviale ... La tante
Andreas Katsulas ... Andreas Tikides
Charlie Farnel Charlie Farnel ... Marcel l'inspecteur
Samuel Mek Samuel Mek ... Le boxeur
Jack Jourdain Jack Jourdain ... L'entraineur (as Jack Jourdan)
Fernand Coquet Fernand Coquet ... Le Hell's Angel
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Franck Poupart is a slightly neurotic door-to-door salesman in a sinister part of Paris' suburbs. He meets Mona, a teenager, who's been made a prostitute by her own aunt. Franck would like to change his life and also save Mona from her aunt. Murder is the only solution he finds to achieve his goal... A very gloomy movie, exuding dispair and uneasiness, with pathetic characters. Written by Yepok

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Crime | Drama

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Corneau's excellent noir
2 November 2002 | by taylor9885See all my reviews

Jim Thompson wrote dark thrillers that were turned into some superb films (The Getaway-Peckinpah, 1972; Pop. 1280, as Coup de torchon-Tavernier, 1981; The Grifters-Frears, 1990). In 1979, Alain Corneau took A Hell of a Woman and made Serie noire, one of the most remarkable French crime films. The tone is very bleak, and there is a strong element of surrealistic humor. Georges Perec co wrote the script and he contributed many nonsense words and phrases to Frank Poupart's role

Frank is a small time salesman in a Paris industrial suburb who supplements his meager earnings by stealing from his boss, Staplin. The latter has Frank tossed in jail, whereupon Mona, the seventeen-year-old girl Frank's fallen for, pays Staplin to have Frank released. Mona's aunt, who has been prostituting the girl to the neighbourhood men, now becomes a tempting target for robbery.

Marie Trintignant has made five pictures with Corneau; she has a dark, brooding quality (big black eyes) that is perfectly suited to this story. She plays the part of guardian-angel-cum-slut wonderfully. Bernard Blier is Staplin, the oily, dishonest boss to a T. Andreas Katsulas has a ball with his character, a guy so dumb you don't know how he functions in this world. Patrick Dewaere, who was to kill himself only three years after making the film, is astonishing as Poupart. Just look at the desperation behind the cool exterior, the wild things he does--smashing his head against the hood of his car, or almost drowning in the bathtub. There is a savagery about his work that you don't find in other French actors.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

25 April 1979 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Serie negra See more »

Filming Locations:

Créteil, Val-de-Marne, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,088, 29 September 2019

Gross USA:

$5,633

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,633
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Prospectacle, Gaumont See more »
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Mono

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Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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