Le Boucher (1971) - Rotten Tomatoes

Le Boucher (1971)




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Movie Info

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.


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
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Critic Reviews for Le Boucher

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

Le Boucher has us always thinking.

January 15, 2004 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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 | Rating: 4/5

This is Chabrol at his best.

April 2, 2003 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Le Boucher


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

"Le Boucher" is more of a study in passive complicity or associative guilt than a murder-mystery, but it's still a difficult movie to write about without spoiling the plot for newcomers, so I'm going to sidestep the problem. It reminds me of a tragic variation on "La Belle et la Bête", in which Belle is too romantically jaded and too much the mistress of her own desires - i.e. she is not innocent enough - to save the helpless Beast from his uncontrollable lust for blood. In the most telling scene of all, schoolmistress Mademoiselle Hélène (Stéphane Audran) and her pupils visit some cave paintings by Cro-Magnon man. The teacher asks, "Do you know what desires are called when they rise above the savage state? Aspirations." The irony is that Belle condemns the Beast to his savage limbo by being completely unresponsive to his tender advances, his aspirations. While the film undoubtedly owes a debt to Hitchcock, Chabrol's beautifully observed provincial French setting completely surpasses the other's invariably artificial backdrops. Pierre Jansen's score is wonderfully creepy and Stéphane Audran and Jean Yanne are magnificent. A quietly perfect little masterpiece. "Mademoiselle Hélène! Mademoiselle Hélène!"

Stephen M
Stephen M

Super Reviewer

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