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Cop au Vin (1985)

Poulet au vinaigre (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Mystery | 10 April 1985 (France)
When a small town begins losing its citizenry in a series of grisly murders, out-of-town police inspector Jean Lavardin (Jean Poiret) is sent to investigate. Could the killers be a bullied ... See full summary »

Director:

Claude Chabrol

Writers:

Dominique Roulet (novel), Dominique Roulet (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Poiret ... Inspecteur Jean Lavardin
Stéphane Audran ... Madame Cuno
Michel Bouquet ... Hubert Lavoisier
Jean Topart Jean Topart ... Docteur Philippe Morasseau
Lucas Belvaux ... Louis Cuno
Pauline Lafont Pauline Lafont ... Henriette
Andrée Tainsy Andrée Tainsy ... Marthe
Jean-Claude Bouillaud Jean-Claude Bouillaud ... Gérard Filiol
Jacques Frantz ... Alexandre Duteil
Albert Dray Albert Dray ... André, le barman
Henri Attal Henri Attal ... L'employé de la morgue
Marcel Guy Marcel Guy ... Le maître d'hôtel
Dominique Zardi Dominique Zardi ... Henri Rieutord, chef de poste
Jean-Marie Arnoux Jean-Marie Arnoux ... Le client du café
Caroline Cellier ... Anna Foscarie
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Storyline

When a small town begins losing its citizenry in a series of grisly murders, out-of-town police inspector Jean Lavardin (Jean Poiret) is sent to investigate. Could the killers be a bullied son (Lucas Belvaux) and his cruel mother (Stephane Audran) who run the local post office? Or a pushy trio of would-be land developers? Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Mystery

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

10 April 1985 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Cop au Vin See more »

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Production Co:

MK2 Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Stéphane Audran, who stars in this film as Madame Cuno, also appeared in the Inspecteur Lavardin TV series: Les dossiers secrets de l'inspecteur Lavardin: L'escargot noir (1988), where she played as a completely different character named Catherine. See more »

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References Staying Alive (1983) See more »

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Lesser 80's Chabrol
17 March 2015 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

An overbearing wheelchair bound woman and her postman son are threatened by a group of amoral businessmen from the local village who want their property for a lucrative development project. The mother gets her son to bring in the mail pertaining to these men and steams open their letters in order to keep abreast of their plans. Meanwhile, a couple of suspicious deaths follow and a police inspector with questionable methods gets involved, attempting to solve the crime.

This 80's Claude Chabrol murder-mystery is not one that I would describe as occupying the upper bracket of his work. Its plot-line has quite a few things happening in it but it consequently doesn't have the focus of his best work. It still follows the basic template he often seems to follow in that its story is underpinned by a crime but the real focus of attention seems to be on the weaknesses and character defects of its cast. This one is no different but doesn't have as interesting dynamics between its characters as usual. Chabrol's wife and regular actress Stephane Audran appears as the wheelchair-bound mother. She was often the best thing about the movies she appeared in but here her character is somewhat unappealing and she is never the main focus in any case. The setting is pure Chabrol though, small-town rural France with the typical pastel colour scheme to match. The mystery itself is serviceable enough and the various plot strands do ensure there is enough going on but this is not top drawer Chabrol for me.


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