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Poulet au vinaigre (1985)

Not Rated | | Crime , Mystery | 10 April 1985 (France)
When a small town begins losing its citizenry in a series of grisly murders, out-of-town police inspector Jean Lavardin (Jean Poiret) is sent to investigate. Could the killers be a bullied ... See full summary »

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Claude Chabrol

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Dominique Roulet (novel), Dominique Roulet (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Poiret ... Inspecteur Jean Lavardin
Stéphane Audran ... Madame Cuno
Michel Bouquet ... Hubert Lavoisier
Jean Topart Jean Topart ... Docteur Philippe Morasseau
Lucas Belvaux ... Louis Cuno
Pauline Lafont Pauline Lafont ... Henriette
Andrée Tainsy Andrée Tainsy ... Marthe
Jean-Claude Bouillaud Jean-Claude Bouillaud ... Gérard Filiol
Jacques Frantz ... Alexandre Duteil
Albert Dray Albert Dray ... André, le barman
Henri Attal Henri Attal ... L'employé de la morgue
Marcel Guy Marcel Guy ... Le maître d'hôtel
Dominique Zardi Dominique Zardi ... Henri Rieutord, chef de poste
Jean-Marie Arnoux Jean-Marie Arnoux ... Le client du café
Caroline Cellier ... Anna Foscarie
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When a small town begins losing its citizenry in a series of grisly murders, out-of-town police inspector Jean Lavardin (Jean Poiret) is sent to investigate. Could the killers be a bullied son (Lucas Belvaux) and his cruel mother (Stephane Audran) who run the local post office? Or a pushy trio of would-be land developers? Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Mystery

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

10 April 1985 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Cop au vin See more »

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MK2 Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Pauline Lafont appears in this film. Her mother Bernadette Lafont appears in the sequel Inspecteur Lavardin (1986). See more »

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Followed by Les dossiers secrets de l'inspecteur Lavardin (1988) See more »

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The coldest, most insipid poulet au vinaigre ever served?
11 June 2000 | by jameswtraversSee all my reviews

This is a pretty conventional crime thriller of the 1980s, with some criminally dull characterisation and limp acting performances. None of the principal characters, except the formidable Lavardin, appears to have any substance, and the end result is by and large lacklustre and plodding.

Thankfully, the film does have its saving graces. Firstly, the character of Lavardin is well played by Jean Poiret. The police inspector's methods and persona are so unconventional that he comes across as more frightening and sinister than any of the murder suspects. Then there is Mathieu Chabrol's eerie background music which imbues a sense of menace into even the (few) lighter scenes. But the strongest selling point is the camera work, heavily embossed with Chabrol's style. This film has some very chilling moments which are achieved through a clever combination of lighting and camera angles. The style is that of a very sophisticated suspense thriller, even if the content isn't.

Although the films does succeed to some extent at a technical level, the shallowness of the characterisation and the overly complex plot drag the film down to the ranks - almost - of a somewhat mediocre television movie.


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