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Inspecteur Lavardin (1986)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 12 March 1986 (France)
Inspector Lavardin is induced to investigate the murder of a province's notable who was taking himself as the moral guardian of his village. The perspective of the inquiry changes when the ... See full summary »

Director:

Claude Chabrol

Writers:

Claude Chabrol (scenario), Dominique Roulet (scenario) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Poiret ... Inspecteur Jean Lavardin
Jean-Claude Brialy ... Claude Alvarez
Bernadette Lafont ... Hélène Mons
Jean-Luc Bideau ... Max Charnet
Jacques Dacqmine ... Raoul Mons
Hermine Clair Hermine Clair ... Véronique Manguin
Pierre-François Dumeniaud Pierre-François Dumeniaud ... Marcel Vigouroux
Florent Gibassier ... Francis
Guy Louret Guy Louret ... Buci
Jean Depussé Jean Depussé ... Volga
Marc Adam Marc Adam ... Adam
Michel Dupuy Michel Dupuy ... Frogman
Serge Feuillet Serge Feuillet ... Priest
Michel Fontayne Michel Fontayne ... Bouncer
Philippe Froger Philippe Froger ... Stage Manager
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Inspector Lavardin is induced to investigate the murder of a province's notable who was taking himself as the moral guardian of his village. The perspective of the inquiry changes when the inspector recognizes the widow as one of his youthful loves. Written by Jean-Marie Berthiaume <jiembe@videotron.ca>

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Follows Cop au Vin (1985) See more »

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C'est ma vie
Written by G. Dartoin / G. Malot
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A pretty good detective film, with some very unconventional characters
16 June 2000 | by jameswtraversSee all my reviews

This is actually rather a good, but not particularly noteworthy, detective movie. Chabrol re-uses a character of an earlier film, Inspecteur Lavardin from Poulet au Vinaigre, which was probably the most successful ingredient of that film. This later film is more entertaining and accessible than Poulet, primarily because it benefits from having a much better script, with more than a smattering of humour. In addition, the main characters are better drawn and acted than in Poulet. Of particular note are Jean-Claude Brialy playing Lavardin's outrageously camp and eccentric host, and Jean Poiret, now comfortably installed in the role of the unconventional, if not to say dangerous, detective Lavardin.

The plot is quite sophisticated, with some clever twists and turns. The unmasking of the murderer and the transfer of guilt are quite cleverly engineered, although the conclusion does raise some questions about Lavardin's (and Chabrol's?) own personal morality. That, coupled with Lavardin's somewhat brutal technique from extracting truth from the witnesses and suspects, can only serve to undermine his position as the good guy in any subsequent film.


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Country:

Switzerland | France

Language:

French

Release Date:

12 March 1986 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

L'inspecteur Lavardin ou la justice See more »

Filming Locations:

Dinard, Ille-et-Vilaine, France See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,685

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,685
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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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