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Garde à vue (1981)

A police inspector, suspecting an attorney of two child sex murders, has him held for a questioning session that goes on for hours.

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Claude Miller

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John Wainwright (novel), Claude Miller | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Lino Ventura ... Inspector Antoine Gallien
Michel Serrault ... Jerome / Charles / Emile Martinaud
Romy Schneider ... Chantal Martinaud
Guy Marchand ... Inspector Marcel Belmont
Didier Agostini Didier Agostini ... Young policeman
Patrick Depeyrrat Patrick Depeyrrat ... Policeman
Pierre Maguelon ... Adami
Annie Miller Annie Miller ... La mère de Camille
Serge Malik Serge Malik ... Le mécanicien
Jean-Claude Penchenat Jean-Claude Penchenat ... Divisional Commissioner
Yves Pignot Yves Pignot ... Policeman
Mathieu Schiffman Mathieu Schiffman ... Le fils Berthier
Michel Such Michel Such ... Jean-Marie Jabelain
Elsa Lunghini Elsa Lunghini ... Camille
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mohammed Bekireche Mohammed Bekireche ... Arab
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Inspector Gallien is investigating the rape and murder of two little girls. The only suspect is attorney Jerome Martinaud, but the evidence against him is circumstantial. As the city celebrates New Year's Eve, Gallien calls Martinaud to his office and interrogates him for hour after hour while Martinaud continues to maintain his innocence. We learn all about the evidence; we meet Martinaud's wife and learn all about the rift between the two; but will we, and Gallien, finally learn whether Martinaud is guilty? Written by Anonymous

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

23 September 1981 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Grilling See more »

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Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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The novel was discovered by Michel Audiard who suggested its adaptation to Ariane Films. In their turn, Dancigers and Mnouchkine offered the direction to Claude Miller. See more »

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Grand policier!
29 April 2010 | by stuka24See all my reviews

Lino Ventura, M. Serrault and Romy Schneider. What else can you say? And Guy Marchand (from the seedy detective series "Nestor Burma"). The script flows like a clockwork orange, of course aided by Serrault, who could make rocks weep, laugh and commit suicide. Lino Ventura is believable, almost likable, as a tough cop who "doesn't really care who gets nailed" but can't forget the young victims, and won't be distracted from a suspect even if he's got style and wit.

Why does the ending disappoint? Probably a tad melodramatic and manipulative, it doesn't harm an already superb film. It only makes it far from perfect. I agree with IMDb's reviewer "Taylor, from Ottawa" that "night scenes in a steady rain" by Bruno Nuytten create the perfect oppressive if somewhat awkward climate, necessary for this theatrical plot to unfold. Enjoy, if possible on a damp night :)!

PS: The remake "Under suspicion"... Hackman is fine, but can't reach Michel's subtlety and yet how disagreeable he can be; he seems born for this "gifted neurotics" roles. Monica Bellucci is nice, but cannot carry the nostalgia Schneider exudes. W. Chisholm's review on Amazon is right she shows Visconti's training. Adaptations should only be made when improving on the original, don't you think :)?


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