L' Horloger de Saint-Paul (The Clockmaker of St. Paul) (The Watchmaker of St. Paul) (1974)

L' Horloger de Saint-Paul (The Clockmaker of St. Paul) (The Watchmaker of St. Paul)

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French film critic Bertrand Tavernier made his directorial debut in The Clockmaker. The title character, played by Tavernier's "alter ego" Philipe Noiret, is benumbed by the nihilistic activities of his son Sylvain Rougerie. Arrested on charges ranging from arson to murder, Rougerie offers the standard-issue explanation: the establishment is full of pigs who deserve to be "offed". Noiret must ask himself if his son's behavior is the result of stifling under the bourgeois lifestyle that Noiret … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Jean Aurenche, Pierre Bost, Bertrand Tavernier
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On DVD: Jun 14, 2005
Runtime:
Joseph Green Pictures Inc.

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Cast


as Descombes

as Commissioner Guiboud

as Inspector Bricard

as Mrs. Torrini

as Mr. Torrini

as Janine Boitard

as Madeleine

as Lilliane
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Critic Reviews for L' Horloger de Saint-Paul (The Clockmaker of St. Paul) (The Watchmaker of St. Paul)

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Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | December 9, 2003
New York Times
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Post-'68 France as 'a curious country' of befuddled fathers and obscured revolutionaries

Full Review… | June 15, 2010
CinePassion

Strong, serious crime thriller that asks questions

July 27, 2005
Film Journal International

Philippe Noiret is marvelous in this role...

Full Review… | September 4, 2001
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for L' Horloger de Saint-Paul (The Clockmaker of St. Paul) (The Watchmaker of St. Paul)

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[font=Century Gothic]In "The Clockmaker", Michel Descombes(Philippe Noiret) is a widowed clockmaker living in Lyons. One morning he is informed by Inspector Guilboud(Jean Rochefort) that his grown son, Bernard, is suspected along with a woman named Liliane of killing a factory owner, Razon, the previous night. They are now the subjects of an intense manhunt. Meanwhile, Descombes has little idea as to why his son would commit this act and can only hope that his son is not killed by the police. At the behest of a journalist, he broadcasts a radio appeal to his son to turn himself in.[/font]

[font=Century Gothic]"The Clockmaker" is a straightforward and simple story, told mostly from the father's point of view, thus highlighting the difference in generations. The movie is about the effect of crime on family members and other people on the periphery. It also serves as an early critique of media manipulation. All of which is held together by a quietly powerful performance by Philippe Noiret.[/font]

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