Le juge et l’assassin probes a curious relationship between condemner and condemnee. Rousseau, a French judge who holds the fate of convicted child killer Bouvier (Michel Galabru) in his hands. Should Rousseau decide that Bouvier is insane, the killer will not go prison.
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Splendid script with fully-developed and enjoyable characters (especially the cold, placid Mother). Noiret's performance is solid, as usual, but it's nearly impossible not to sympathize with Galabru's perfectly crafted character of Bouvier: he IS the star here. A mandatory Tavernier and one of his top statements.