Gérard Depardieu has been on a roll since his 2006 triumph in Xavier Giannoli’s The Singer. He’s on equally good form in the latest from Claude Chabrol. This mischievous and laid-back thriller is the veteran director’s double tribute to two men called Georges – writer Simenon and much-loved songsmith Brassens. Depardieu plays Paul Bellamy, an eminent policeman taking a holiday with his wife but unable to turn off his detective instinct. His curiosity is piqued by the murky case of a mysterious fugitive and a local femme fatale – and complicated further when Bellamy’s troublesome brother turns up unannounced. Remarkably, this is the first ever collaboration between Chabrol and Depardieu, and the two veterans take to each other like a treat. The film finds them both in affable, relaxed mode – but that makes this entertaining divertissement no less taut and devious, while terrific performances from Bunel and Cornillac highlight the psychological tensions of the Bellamy household. Depardieu willing, the Maigret-esque Bellamy could provide Chabrol with his first continuing character since his Inspector Lavardin films of the 80’s. —BFI
Widely credited as the founding father of the French Nouvelle Vague movement, Claude Chabrol is responsible for a body of work that is as prolific as it is boldly defined. A master of the suspense thriller, Chabrol approaches his subjects with a cold, distanced objectivity that has led at least one critic to liken him to a compassionate but unsentimental god viewing the foibles and follies of his creations. Inherent in all of Chabrol’s thrillers is the observation of the clash between bourgeois value and barely-contained, oftentimes violent passion. This clash gives the director’s work a melodramatic quality that has allowed him to drift between the realm of the art film and that of popular entertainment.
Born in Paris on June 24, 1930, Chabrol was educated at the University of Paris, where he was a pharmacology student, and at the Ecole Libre des Sciences Politiques. Following some military service, he developed an interest in the cinema and worked for a brief time in the publicity… read more
I gave this movie three stars, but it is worth more than that. The screenplay is witty and profound at the same time. But profound in a silly way; Chabrol plays with his audience: he doesn't seem to take things too seriously, still the movie ends up being very serious. I enjoyed it!
Inspector Bellamy and Cold Weather have, frankly, a lot in common: a male detective with an interest in crime fiction (in Bellamy Georges Simenon
Just as All Saints Day follows Halloween, so, too, does Claude Chabrol's quiet and gentle final film follow a raucous batch of scary stuff;
"Nowadays you never know what you are going to get from Claude Chabrol," wrote Derek Malcolm in the Guardian back in 1999. "But there was