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Le septième juré (1962)

In a moment of madness a respectable pharmacist kills a young woman who is sun-bathing by a lake. Unable to take in what he has done, he flees from the scene of the crime and behaves as if nothing has happened.

Director:

Georges Lautner

Writers:

Francis Didelot (novel), Jacques Robert (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Bernard Blier ... Grégoire Duval pharmacien
Danièle Delorme Danièle Delorme ... Geneviève Duval
Maurice Biraud ... Le docteur Hess - le vétérinaire
Jacques Riberolles Jacques Riberolles ... Sylvain Sautral - photographe et accusé
Albert Rémy ... Le commissaire de police
Francis Blanche ... Le procureur général
Jacques Monod Jacques Monod ... Le juge d'instruction
Camille Guérini Camille Guérini ... Le président du tribunal
Yves Barsacq ... Maître Adreux - l'avocat de la défense
Catherine Le Couey Catherine Le Couey ... Mme. Souchon
Raymond Meunier Raymond Meunier ... Henri Souchon
Anne Doat ... Alice Moreux
Jean-Pierre Moutier Jean-Pierre Moutier ... Albert Testut
Madeleine Geoffroy Madeleine Geoffroy ... Mme Sevestrain
Françoise Giret Françoise Giret ... Catherine Nortier - la victime
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In a moment of madness a respectable pharmacist kills a young woman who is sun-bathing by a lake. Unable to take in what he has done, he flees from the scene of the crime and behaves as if nothing has happened.

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She was the victim...and he was...

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Crime | Drama

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Here,Lautner equals Clouzot and Duvivier.
23 October 2001 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

I wonder why Lautner got lost in mediocrities all along his long and lucrative career.Dozens of junk movies like"la grande sauterelle" "quelques messieurs trop tranquilles" or "flic ou voyou"...why did he bother with such things when he had a brilliant potential that explodes here?

"Le septième juré" is a psychological thriller of the first order,that actually belongs to the fifties,when the overrated "new wave" had not happened.Blending Duvivier's pessimism with Clouzot's misanthropy, and beating André Cayatte at his own game (justice and trials),it stands as Lautner's finest achievement.

Bernard Blier,excellent as ever,portrays a notable who strangles a semi-whore.Probably because of a sexual frustration.His wife(an excellent Danielle Delorme) is probably a frigid bourgeois woman.The plot thickens when Blier is asked to be a juror when a wrong man is arrested and tried for HIS crime.Then begins a suspenseful and rich story,in which looks tell more than words (the juror and the accused),in which a whole town is involved with its narrow-minded petits bourgeois,its holier-than-thou spinsters,its rotten justice.

And that's not all!In the very last minutes,comes a final revelation that will leave you on the edge of your seat.And logical,at that,because it thoroughly explains Blier's behavior.The black and white cinematography is stunning,and the ambulance light in the final shots mesmerizing.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

18 April 1962 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Seventh Juror See more »

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Orex Films See more »
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Mono

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1.66 : 1
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