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Ah, Those Awful French Bourgeoisie!
written by talltale October 8, 2005 - 8:49 PM PDT
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Claude Chabrol's exquisitely nasty COP AU VIN (what a cleverly "translated" title!) offers one of this director's very best explorations of the hypocritical French, small-town bourgeoisie, involved in everything from adultery and land swindles to murder. The detective on the case--a most interesting character who led to several sequels--until the actor (Jean Poiret) suddenly died, apparently irreplaceable) probably cut his teeth during the French/Algerian War. His methods are nasty, hilarious and exceptionally productive. Everyone else on the scene ranges from feeble/ineffective to supremely wicked.

If you fail to see the humor in this masterful director's approach, you'll probably wonder what is going on. For those of us who appreciate Chabrol at his close-to-best, this one is a gem. Note to buffs: Here's a very early role--nicely done, too--for Lucas Belvaux, the writer/director/actor of the recent "Trilogy." Watch the short DVD extra to learn some interesting history on Chabrol, the film and the "detective."


(Average 6.64)
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