Within a interwar France struggling with deep political and social change, 18-year-old Violette Noziere rebels against the limits of her working-class (and potentially incestuous) household, with troubling consequences. Read More »
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André Mercier, a journalist known as Albin Mercier, is a failed, embittered writer. Read More »
Un meurtre est un meurtre / Murder Is a Murder (1972) Etienne Périer, Jean-Claude Brialy, Stéphane Audran, Robert Hossein, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Paul Kastner’s wife dies in tragic circumstances. Although Paul is, or seems, blameless, a stranger soon appears in town who maintains he has evidence to show Paul in fact murdered the woman. Read More »
Poulet au vinaigre / Chicken with Vinegar (1985) Claude Chabrol, Jean Poiret, Stéphane Audran, Michel Bouquet, Mystery, Crime, Thriller
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. Read More »
La femme infidèle / The unfaithful wife (1969) Claude Chabrol, Stéphane Audran, Michel Bouquet, Maurice Ronet, Drama, Thriller
Charles Dasvellees (Michel Bouguet), an upper middle class businessman who suspects his wife Helene (Audran) of having an affair and hires a detective to prove himself right. Read More »
Only the Cool / La peau de torpedo (1970) Jean Delannoy, Stéphane Audran, Klaus Kinski, Lilli Palmer, Crime, Thriller, Film-Noir
A secret agent is murdered by his jealous wife who mistakenly interprets his absences from home as acts of infidelity. This triggers a deadly chain of events. Will she be next? Read More »
La rupture / The Breach (1970) Claude Chabrol, Stéphane Audran, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Michel Bouquet, Thriller, Drama
Hélène Régnier walks out on her drug-addicted husband Charles after he brutally attacks their infant son. She stays in a run-down hotel whilst her son convalesces in hospital and she files for divorce. Charles’s wealthy bourgeois father is adamant that Hélène will lose custody of her child and, to that end, he engages a former business associate of Charles, Paul Thomas, to discredit her. When Paul fails to uncover any incriminating evidence against Hélène he concocts a scheme that will destroy her reputation. Things do not go quite as planned…
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Le boucher / The Butcher (1970) Claude Chabrol, Stéphane Audran, Jean Yanne, Antonio Passalia, Thriller, Drama
During a wedding celebration in a small rural French village, schoolteacher Helene (Stephane Audran) strikes up a conversation with the local butcher Popaul (Jean Yanne), who has just returned from a fifteen year spell in the army. As their unlikely friendship blossoms into a tentative courtship, the town falls victim to a serial killer preying on the women of the village. Just as Helene finds herself falling for Popaul, she simultaneously begins to suspect him of being the murderer. As the tension builds, the truth is revealed, leading to an explosive climax.
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Les Biches / Bad Girls (1968) Claude Chabrol, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Jacqueline Sassard, Stéphane Audran, Drama
Frédérique is a rich and beautiful woman who picks up a female street artist called “Why”. It is December and they go to her villa in Saint Tropez, which is inhabited by a couple of odd gay men. Both women fall for the local architect Paul Thomas. However Why says that she is not interested in him, so Frédérique invites him to move into the villa.
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The Twist / Folies bourgeoises (1976) Claude Chabrol, Bruce Dern, Stéphane Audran, Sydne Rome, Comedy
French New Wave director Claude Chabrol steps away from his usual style of mysteries and psychological dramas for the sex comedy Folies Bourgeoises, based on the novel Le Malheur Fou by Lucie Faure. Bruce Dern is the American writer William Brandels and Stephane Audran is his French socialite wife, Claire Brandels. The story follows the confusion of the infidelities of the wealthy upper class.
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