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The Cry of the Owl (1987)

Le cri du hibou (original title)
After separation from his wife Robert moves to Vichy where he observes beautiful Juliette. Her fiance Patrick becomes jealous and attacks Robert. When Patrick disappears Robert is suspected to have killed him.

Director:

Claude Chabrol

Writers:

Patricia Highsmith (novel), Odile Barski (scenario) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christophe Malavoy ... Robert
Mathilda May ... Juliette
Jacques Penot Jacques Penot ... Patrick
Jean-Pierre Kalfon ... Le commissaire / Police commisionneer
Virginie Thévenet Virginie Thévenet ... Véronique
Patrice Kerbrat Patrice Kerbrat ... Marcello
Jean-Claude Lecas ... Jacques
Agnès Denèfle Agnès Denèfle ... Suzie
Victor Garrivier Victor Garrivier ... Le médecin
Jacques Brunet Jacques Brunet ... Le père
Charles Millot Charles Millot ... Le directeur
Yvette Petit Yvette Petit ... La voisine
Dominique Zardi Dominique Zardi ... Le voisin
Henri Attal Henri Attal ... Un flic
Albert Dray Albert Dray ... Un flic
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Storyline

Robert is an architect and artist, in Vichy after separating from his Parisian wife, Véronique, herself newly engaged. Robert finds it calms him to stand in the shadows of the home of Juliette and Patrick and watch her cook. She thinks he's a prowler and confronts him, then invites him in. Soon, she's dumped Patrick, decided she's in love with this stranger, and pursues him. Robert's diffident, Patrick is furious, and violence follows. The police are incompetent, Véronique sees an opportunity to play revenge games, and the impressionable Juliette is ensnared by thoughts of death. Can anyone exercise reason? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Language:

French

Release Date:

28 October 1987 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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One of two adaptations of Patricia Highsmith's novel "The Cry of the Owl" that was released the same year, the other adaptation is Der Schrei der Eule (1987). See more »

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counterfeit Hitchcock: accept no substitutes
12 November 2010 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

A film described as being "in the Hitchcock tradition" usually means "a cheap imitation", and this French import is no exception. Director Claude Chabrol tries hard to invoke the spirit of the Master by adapting his screenplay from a story by Patricia Highsmith (author of 'Strangers on a Train') about a divorced artist with a fixation about birds (sound familiar?), whose voyeuristic attraction to the unhappily marries Mathilda May leads to a perfectly innocent, platonic friendship between two manic-depressive people. The plot kicks into gear after May's jealous husband disappears; birdman Christophe Malavoy is then accused of foul play, and the film goes to pieces in a hurry, collapsing into a random sampling of routine plot twists before ending in an unfair, inconclusive freeze-frame. It might have been an entertaining whodunit, but unlike his mentor Chabrol takes his scenario far too seriously: you only have to imagine the actors speaking their dialogue in English straight from the subtitles to realize how silly it really is. The film was made in 1987 but until 1991 was never released on this side of the Atlantic, and for good reason.


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