Inspector Bellamy (2009)
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Two of the giants of French cinema, Claude Chabrol and Gerard Depardieu, team up for the only time for the director's 50th and final feature film, a wry thriller about a police commissioner trying to balance professional instinct with family duty. Once again, Paul Bellamy (Depardieu) and his wife are spending their vacation at her family home in a quiet town. But just as they're settling into their reassuringly predictable holiday routine, his perennially troubled younger brother shows up,
Oct 29, 2010 Limited
Dec 1, 2009
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It's a small work. Yet it's so pleasurably well-made, so obviously the work of major talents in a comfortable groove, why carp about the scale or ambition of the project?
If you, like me, are a lover of Simenon's Inspector Maigret, you will find his nature embodied here in the performance of Gerard Depardieu. If you are not, get your hands on a Maigret novel and thank me for the rest of your life.
Depardieu and Marie Bunel (as Bellamy's wife) have a terrific interplay, but Chabrol's sharp direction can't quite rescue his fuzzy script.
Inspector Bellamy leaves a sense not unlike a summary of Chabrol's entire career -- of guilty stains seeping away in every direction, of motives hidden and of endless stories that frustrate full understanding.
The movie is in no hurry to end, much as its prolific maker never showed much inclination to stop.
Chabrol's craft, confidence and unshowy professionalism drives this crafty story even as it turns the conventions of the murder mystery inside out.
Inspector Bellamy is still a beautifully crafted film with a compelling and enjoyable performance by Depardieu
... there are major pleasure to be had in the minor production from an old master.
Meditative Chabrol asking us to consider the vagaries of life, family, corruption and murder.
As always, Chabrol, who died last September, moves this along without a bit of fuss -- there's not a superficial camera move, scene or directing choice to be found.
Off-balance - a state in which Chabrol liked to keep his audiences. He's successful one last time ... a film that never quite reveals itself in the way an audience would like.
The final film of French auteur Claude Chabrol was his first collaboration with legendary actor Gérard Depardieu, the main reason to see this enigmatic mystery.
Chabrol re-imagines the detective genre in the course of practicing it.
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