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Alain Corneau, 1979
France | French | 111 minutes
This special screening is part of the Rendez-Vous of French Cinema 2011 tribute to the late, great Alain Corneau (director of Love Crime, also showing). In Corneau’s sui generis take on the crime novel, a skeezy salesman (wild-eyed Patrick Dewaere) in Paris’s outer limits commits murder to escape a debt. Dewaere’s extraordinary, unpredictable performance and Corneau’s lived-in sense of gritty, broken-down ambience make for an unparalleled adaptation from the Jim Thompson novel—with a screenplay by experimental novelist Georges Perec! (The title refers to the cult French series of crime-novel reissues.)
Please note: Unfortunately, Ludivine Sagnier is not able to attend the screening.