Hélène Régnier (Stephane Audran) has just left her mentally-ill husband Charles (Jean-Claude Drouot) after he assaulted their son. When Charles’ parents hire family friend Paul Thomas (Jean-Pierre Cassel) to get some dirt on Hélène before the custody battle, he eagerly takes to his new assignment.
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
Nach 10 Chabrols in 10 Tagen bleiben zwei Favoriten besonders präsent: Der Schlachter und Der Riss. Stéphane Audran in einem Melodram, das überhaupt nicht tränennass daherkommt, sondern sehr trocken und ungemein spannend. Das stärkste allerdings ist gleich der Anfang! Selten hat ein Film mich so überfallen.