Série Noire

Film, Thrillers

Time Out says

Although the setting is changed from Big City USA to the dismal, wintry Paris suburbs, this neo-noir retains the outline of Jim Thompson's source novel (A Hell of a Woman), following the trajectory of its door-to-door salesman until, with an almost audible 'Voilà!', he's deposited in an abyss of hopelessness - thief, triple murderer and not a sou to show for it. But the characterisations are turned on their heads. 'A hell of a woman' is here an engimatically passive 17-year-old (Trintignant), while the weary hero is rendered hyperactive in Dewaere's tornado-strength performance, hysterical rages, comical monologues and all.


Release details

145 mins

Cast and crew

Alain Corneau
Georges Perec, Alain Corneau
Patrick Dewaere
Marie Trintignant
Myriam Boyer
Bernard Blier
Jeanne Herviale
Samuel Mek
Andreas Katsulas
Charlie Farnel
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