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99 Ratings


Directed by Julien Duvivier
France, 1946


In the suburbs of Paris, an old maid has just been murdered. Every body talks about that, except the misanthrope Mr Hire. The same evening, Alice, just getting out of jail, arrives and meets up with her lover Alfred again.

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Panique Directed by Julien Duvivier

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1946 | Special Mention: International Critics Award (Feature Films)

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

1947 | 2nd place: Best Foreign Language Film

From such simple visual ploys as associating Hire with windows—his first entry into the hotel is traced through a series of panes, and the casement through which he spies on Alice figures prominently, while she in turn is associated with mirrors—to the film’s elaborate scaffolding of recurrent motifs, Panique displays great formal authority.
December 18, 2018
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Blending trenchant cynicism with a sensibility attuned to unguarded moments of humanity, Panique is a virtuosically staged and politically resonant meditation on hypocrisy and corruption that shows how conformist societies prey on helpless innocents.
November 02, 2018
Duvivier, who spent World War II in the United States—like many European refugees from the fighting—also takes care to suggest that Hire is both Frenchman and a Jew. It’s this identity, we gather, that most upsets his neighbors in a Parisian suburb: they vaguely suspect him of wrongdoing, frame him for a crime he didn’t commit, and finally hound him to the rooftops, in a truly distressing final sequence.
January 31, 2017
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