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Série noire (1979)





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The title Serie Noire refers to a popular French mystery series, and literally means "Black Series." The story is based on American author Jim Thompson's hardboiled detective story A Hell of a Woman, and is close in spirit to the U.S. film noir mysteries of the 1940s. Frank Poupart (Patrick Dewaere) is a 30-year-old loser, a salesman who is barely scraping by, whose wife has just left him "just to think things over." He meets Mona (Marie Trintignant), a quiet, dreamy 15-year-old girl whose aunt has offered her to him for his sexual pleasure in return for a sweater. They become lovers, and both of them see a way out of their impoverished dead-end existence when Mona tells him that her aunt (who is also her landlady) has a large stash of money hidden away. They decide to kill her, and also kill a Greek boxer who owes Frank money, making it look like a murder/suicide. When Frank's wife returns to him, eager to begin their marriage again, he kills her out of sheer frustration. Later he is blackmailed by Staplin (Bernard Blier), his employer, and is left with no loot, no wife, three heinous crimes on his hands, and a clueless adolescent girlfriend. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi
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Patrick Dewaere
as Franck Poupart
Myriam Boyer
as Jeanne
Bernard Blier
as Staplin
Jeanne Herviale
as The aunt
Andreas Katsulas
as Andreas Tikides

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What an awesome French neo-noir. The acting is great. I haven't read this Thompson novel, but it definitely captures his spirit and gives it a French tweak (better than COUP DE TORCHON, which is still a good movie). Plus, it was cool to see the one-armed man from the 1993 version of THE FUGITIVE speaking French!

Justin Remer
Justin Remer

LACMA Bing Theatre- 052909 Wow this was a rare treat,, I saw this long ago disturbingly beautiful really a classic I want to see all of Dawaere Films.. OMG the director of Prepare Vous Mouchoires played his boss on the filmm intense

Vicki Hiatt
Vicki Hiatt

maybe I remember wrong, but Im pretty sure Kubricks version of Lolita blows. I dont know whos idea it was for him to make it, but its a pretty bad matchup with director and material. Most his stuff has that mausoleum air to it, which makes sense for movies about robots, ghosts, the imminent apocalypse, the aristocracy, you know, dead things or things that are about to die. But his stuffy detachment doesnt really work for a movie about a pedophile. (And neither does the Red Shoe Diaries soft-focus treatment, but lets not even bring up Adrian Lyne.) Anyway, this movie gets it right. Its moody, weird and batshit, as something should be about a child fucker. Also, I think it might be the best Jim Thompson adaptation, and that includes The Grifters and the movie with Rachel Wards tits and the Billy Zane movie with Sheryl Lees tits.

andrew miller
andrew miller

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