Tag Archives: Claude Chabrol

Le Boucher (The Butcher)

A disturbed butcher falling for a small-town schoolteacher forms the blood and bones of Claude Chabrol’s classic 1970 thriller. Set in the heart of the Dordogne close to one of the region’s prehistoric caves, Popaul (Jean Yanne) is a needy … Continue reading

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Madame Bovary

Isabelle Huppert places a sad stone in Emma Bovary, one that will never move … Continue reading

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Les Biches (The Does)

Claude Chabrol’s take on sexual ambiguity in 1968 is mischievous. Stéphane Audran plays the resplendent Frédérique, nouvelle vague’s colonialist of female lust and control. She’s the wealthy dominatrix who wants power over those she desires, and she pursues them with … Continue reading

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Merci Pour Le Chocolat

‘I have a knack for doing wrong,’ confesses Swiss-Chocolate factory owner Mika Muller (Isabelle Huppert), the praline beauty in Claude Chabrol’s detective-style thriller. Chabrol wanted to make a film about ‘Evil’, chose Huppert as its purveyor, and from the opening … Continue reading

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Les Innocents aux Mains Sales (Innocents with Dirty Hands)

the hollow rattle of 70s sexism … Continue reading

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Au Coeur du Mensonge (The Colour of Lies)

Claude Chabrol masters melancholia as well as suspense in a tale that starts abruptly with a young girl found murdered in the woods of a Breton coastal-town. The last person to see her is her art teacher, René (Jacques Gamblin), … Continue reading

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Une Affaire De Femmes (A Story of Women)

With a smile as cold and shining as sun on snow, Isabelle Huppert plays Marie-Louise Giraud, an illegal abortionist sent to the guillotine in 1943 by the Vichy regime. Claude Chabrol writes and directs Marie as an unconventional heroine, one … Continue reading

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Juste Avant La Nuit (Just Before Nightfall)

Claude Chabrol’s Juste Avant La Nuit opens with an arresting S&M scene between married Charles (Michel Bouquet) and Laura, his mistress and wife of his best friend. When their play goes horribly wrong, resulting in her death, Charles returns to … Continue reading

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