Tag Archives: Bernard Giraudeau

Gilles Béhat – Rue barbare AKA Barbarous Street (1984)

In this run-of-the-mill crime drama, Bernard Giraudeau is Daniel Chetman, someone who wants to leave the life of violence he knew in his neighborhood — and cannot do so because his nemesis, a strutting street gangster now involved with organized crime, continues to terrorize the inhabitants of Chetman’s turf. After much spilled blood, a parade of ugly underground types, and various sexual scenes, Chetman reduces the forces of evil to a reasonable level of opposition — but who knows if the neighborhood will be different in the end. Read More »

Olivier Assayas – Une nouvelle vie AKA A New Life (1993)

Tina is a young warehousewoman in a supermarket. She is in love with Fred but still lives at her mother Nadine’s. When Nadine dies, Tina looks for meeting her father Ludovic, who she never knew. But she first meets her half-sister Lise, and Constantin, the unusual Ludovic’s lawyer. Read More »

Pierre Granier-Deferre – Le toubib AKA The Medic (1979)

Synopsis:
An unknown future. WWIII extends. Jean-Marie Despres, a prestigious surgeon, broken by life and his divorce supervises a field hospital, a few kilometers from the front. He meets the young and beautiful nurse Harmony. She is an idealist, she gives him hope. Read More »

Marc Lobet – Meurtres à domicile AKA The Apartment Murders (1982)

Synopsis:
‘Based on the novel “Hotel Meuble” by Thomas Owen, this suspense thriller has a female police inspector Aurelia Maudru living in a baroque apartment house in Brussels, the site of a nasty murder. All the inspector’s neighbors are suspects in the case, and she is hard-put to ferret out the reasons for the foul deed from among the building’s strange inhabitants, including a death-obsessed undertaker and an aging photographer. As the suspense builds to the final scenes, the solution to who did it is as unusual as the residents of the building.’
– Eleanor Mannikka Read More »

Ettore Scola – Passione d amore aka Passion Of Love (1981)

Ettore Scola’s dark, romantic tale of a woman so stubborn and passionate that nothing can dissuade her from pursuing the object of her affections.

When Captain Bachetti arrives at his new post in Northern Italy, he already resents the reassignment, which has separated him from his mistress, the exquisite Clara. And the situation becomes even more disturbing when this man with a taste for beautiful women finds himself subjected to the persistent attentions of the spectacularly ugly Fosca; everything about this brash, loud, impolite and unattractive creature fills him with horror.
But the Captain has never before encountered the transformative power of love. Read More »

Daniel Schmid – Hécate (1982)

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Daniel Schmid sets this amour fou in exquisite interiors against the glittering backdrop of a clash of cultures: European colonialism on the one hand and the dark, secretive labyrinth of the Arab world on the other. Read More »