Death in a French Garden

A handsome young man arrives at a suburban mansion to give guitar lessons to an attractive teenage girl, and before you can say plectrum her mother launches into a grand seduction. But does her formidable husband know? Is their curious neighbour sane? Who is video-taping their affair? And who is the man following the guitarist? An elegant, teasing narrative unfolds, complete with elliptical dialogue, sleight-of-hand editing, and poised performances all round. A sophisticated entertainment from French stylist Deville, whose films have been little seen here since the '60s period romp Benjamin. DT.

Release details

Duration: 101 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Michel Deville
Screenwriter: Michel Deville, Rosalinde Damamme
Cast: Michel Piccoli
Nicole Garcia
Anemone
Christophe Malavoy
Richard Bohringer
Anaïs Jeanneret
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