Masques (Masks) (1987)
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A relatively minor and slight member of the Charbol movie armory. Though well-done, it's a largely conventional and simplistic thriller.
Sinister secrets lurking within the bourgeoisie is familiar territory for Chabrol, and whilst this is not the best example of this, it is a fun watch all the same. An able cast supports Phiippe Noiret, whose hilariously over the top game show host is the highlight of the film, especially at the finale where he nicely tells his audience to "get fucked".
Although Chabrol is often sloppily referred to as "the French Hitchcock," the resemblances are usually oblique at best. Here, though, Chabrol-qua-Hitchcock is merrily overt. Philippe Noiret is perhaps overly broad as the villain, but always fun to watch. It's a wicked tale, of course, but with a few twists, a bit of set-piece suspense playacting, and a glorious comeuppance for the villain.
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