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Cop au vin

Poulet au vinaigre

Directed by Claude Chabrol
France, 1985
Comedy, Romance, Thriller


A cruel, wheelchair-bound invalid (Stéphane Audran) who consistently terrorizes her teen son Louis (Lucas Belvaux) into abject obedience, is threatened with the loss of her home by a conniving trio who want her property as part of a deal for a lucrative development project.

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Cop au vin Directed by Claude Chabrol

Critics reviews

Poulet au vinaigre had sex, violence, dark wit, a superb sense of both the corruption and meanness of life in the French provinces, a good whodunit plot, Balzacian characters (including an interesting detective), and very nice camera work by Jean Rabier, Chabrol’s usual cinematographer. It wasn’t a masterpiece, but at the very least it was a well-crafted and satisfying entertainment that surely, I thought, would be enjoyed on this side of the Atlantic…
May 26, 1989
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