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He Died with His Eyes Open (1985)

On ne meurt que deux fois (original title)
The inspector Staniland as always try to put himself in the place of the victim, this time an unsuccessful pianist. That's when the victim's mistress Barbara entered the appartment, look ... See full summary »

Director:

Jacques Deray

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Robin Cook (novel), Jacques Deray (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michel Serrault ... Inspector Robert Staniland
Charlotte Rampling ... Barbara Spark
Xavier Deluc ... Marc Spark
Elisabeth Depardieu Elisabeth Depardieu ... Margo Berliner
Jean Leuvrais Jean Leuvrais ... Le commissaire Bauman
Jean-Paul Roussillon ... Léonce
Maurice Barrier ... Arthur Chalon
Jean-Pierre Darroussin ... Moulard
Julie Jézéquel Julie Jézéquel ... Sophie
Albert Delpy ... Le médecin légiste / Forensic scientist
Riton Liebman Riton Liebman ... Éric Berliner
Luc Florian Luc Florian ... Le brigadier / Sergeant
Gérard Darmon ... Jean-Loup Soeren
Jean-Pierre Bacri ... Barman
Philippe Héliès ... L'agent
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The inspector Staniland as always try to put himself in the place of the victim, this time an unsuccessful pianist. That's when the victim's mistress Barbara entered the appartment, look like a real bitch that one think the inspector. Surprised by his presence, she accuse herself of the crime. But the inspector is not convinced because everything don't fit all well in her confession and specially the tone she use to do so. In his investigation, Staniland has fisted trouble with a man who's protecting Barbara. Supposed to be her brother, isn't he? And can you refused a girl like her even if you're a policeman. Written by Jean-Marie Berthiaume <jiembe@videotron.ca>

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Audiard's last words would not let the movie take a life of its own
27 August 2019 | by vostfSee all my reviews

The only way to enjoy the movie is to listen to Audiard's bitter last words. After the death of his elder son François (10 years before he penned this last movie) all his personal work took a sharp turn from the silly burlesque comedies he directed to deep dark psychological murder mysteries.

These murder mysteries are a vehicule for dialog to reminisce the dead, understand who he was, finalize an inventory of the remorse not to have known the intriguing victim better, not to have lived a life closer to his. Apart from this very personal subtext this movie is lamely directed. Minimalistic direction works most of the time for noir film, the problem here is that the dialogue eats up all the story.

So if you are not interested in listening to profoundly dark words by Audiard you will be disappointed to see Michel Serrault embody a sinister character ghostly floating along the lines of the master wordsman.

I am not giving to much away with the last line: Audiard looks back on his life and wonders if he ever was sincere enough or too much of a boasting showman wording his way away from simple things.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

9 October 1985 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Mörderischer Engel See more »

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Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.66 : 1
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