Le Boucher (1971) - Rotten Tomatoes

Le Boucher (1971)




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In this Hitchcockian thriller, schoolteacher Hélène comes to a small Périgord village to begin a new job. She is soon romanced by the local butcher, but is distracted by her memories of a previous ill-fated relationship. A series of brutal murders raise Hélène's suspicions about her suitor.
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Euro International Film


Jean Yanne
as Popaul/Paul Thomas
Pasquale Ferone
as Pere Cahrpy
Roger Rudel
as Police Inspector Grumbach
Mario Beccara
as Léon Hamel
Pascal Ferone
as Père Cahrpy/Uncle Cahrpy
Mario Beccaria
as Leon Hamel
Anthony Pass
as Angelo
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Critic Reviews for Le Boucher

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

Le Boucher has us always thinking.

Full Review… | January 15, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

In multiple viewings, Chabrol's technique becomes more and more gripping, as every camera angle and every movement within the frame or of the frame appears to comment somehow on the characters, their environment, or on the unrefined core of the human psyc

June 14, 2007

This is Chabrol at his best.

Full Review… | April 2, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Le Boucher


"I expect more of the French than having a murder mystery with only two characters." - Rodd Whelpley

Lisa Whelpley
Lisa Whelpley

Probably Claude Chabrol's most acclaimed film, "Le Boucher" is a solid tale about a small-town schoolteacher (Stephane Audran) who enters a tentative courtship with the local butcher (Jean Yanne), only to develop suspicions that he's the serial killer whom the police are tracking. The story takes awhile to heat up and Audran (Chabrol's then-wife) is far too model-beautiful for the role, but the second half builds some compelling, Alfred Hitchcock-like tension. And don't overlook Pierre Jansen's intriguing, avant-garde score -- definitely an unexpected treat. It's just too bad the film is visually drab, beyond a bit of exotic cave footage.

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

Super Reviewer


a beautiful quiet thriller, simply amazing. every bit as good as hitchcock; very nearly perfect! most romantic serial killer film i've seen lol

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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