Detective

A mini-masterpiece, this is a cross between a ‘Grand Hotel’ for the 1980s and film noir: a crumbling Paris hotel houses four groups of people whose paths occasionally cross. One is the group around detective Terzieff, still trying to solve a murder of years ago; another is the entourage of boxer Tiger Jones, in training with his manager (Johnny Hallyday); another is a couple on the verge of breaking up; and the last is the Mafia. Much of it, especially Léaud (Terzieff’s nephew-aide) and Cuny as a Godfather who judges men by their toilet habits, is riotously funny. Built on the charisma of its stars and on memories of the great thrillers of the ’40s, tenuously held together by Godard’s romantic pessimism, curiosity and sense of humour, it’s co-dedicated, sensibly, to Clint Eastwood.

Release details

Rated: 15
Duration: 98 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Screenwriter: Anne-Marie Miéville, Jean-Luc Godard
Cast: Johnny Hallyday
Jean-Pierre Léaud
Laurent Terzieff
Alain Cuny
Claude Brasseur
Nathalie Baye
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