Coinciding with the French elections, Les Noces Rouges was banned ostensibly because it was about a real murder case, but obviously also for the broad portrayal of its Gaullist villain - a man with a sly plan for purchasing property and developing it as factory-workers' high-rise dwellings plus plastics factory which, while benefiting the town, will end up pouring a small fortune into his own pocket. Sadly, although there is more positive vulgarity around than ever, Chabrol doesn't seem to know how to take his errant couple. As more or less critically approached figures of fun, they're great; it's when he falls in love with them that the film goes awry. Should have been sly and funny, or dark and tragic; ends up neither one nor the other.
Cast and crew
Eliana De Santis