This Man Must Die (Que la bête meure) (1970)
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as Charles Thenier
as Helene Lanson
as Paul Decourt
as Jeanne Decourt
as Philippe Decourt
as Police Inspector
as Jacques Ferrand
as Anna Ferrand
as Michel Thenier
as Mme. Levenes
as Peasant/Charles' Friend
as Paul's mother
as The Thug
as The Mechanic
as Farmer's Son
as The Taxi Driver
Critic Reviews for This Man Must Die (Que la bête meure)
A dour thriller slowly becomes a showcase for Chabrol's perverse humanism
Audience Reviews for This Man Must Die (Que la bête meure)
After several attempts I finally managed to complete this film, I like the plot of this film very much, but it really drags in the middle of this movie, making it feel like a long watch.
For such a quiet, clam movie it packs a ver heavy emotional punch by the end and the performance by Michel Duchaussoy is nearly flawless.
Given that Nicholas Blake's "The Beast Must Die" is one of my favourite crime novels, I was looking forward to this adaptation by Claude Chabrol, though I suspected beforehand that it might be slightly disappointing. Essentially a bereaved father's diary, recording a vengeful scheme to find and punish the man who killed his son in a hit-and-run accident, the book contains a stunning surprise that only really works properly on the page. The film works best as a touching, gradually developed love story between the father (Michel Duchaussoy) and the woman (Caroline Cellier) he uses as an unwitting pawn in his game of retribution. The final scene, in which our hero finds redemption in a fatherly act of self-sacrifice for a substitute son, is absolutely lovely. Jean Yanne is terrific as the villain.
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