I recently picked this DVD of this 1981 French film was a complete engrossing fare. This psychological thriller, “Garde à vue” is a 1981 French film directed by Claude Miller, adapted from an English mystery novel (John Wainwright’s Brainwash) already accented by a Série Noire translation.
Absolute marvel of movie making, thou’ intriguing study of police method, as it’s somewhat claustrophobic because of it happen in a questioning room of a Police station on the eve of New year. The detective’s direct interrogation with the acclaimed lawyer in the town on the background of death of two young girls, since the body found in the vicinity of his home becomes a logical suspect, and thus the story continues with a sleek dialogue between a detective and a lawyer, is the theme, as it’s played like a boxing fight between these two the whole night until the early hours of the morning.
This bout of the mind game reflects with the entry of lawyer’s wife to the Police station, who helps in incriminating the case further, with couple of flash-black keeps the interest alive and the director skillfully web the ascending nature of self-doubt in a person as one of the psychological pattern that police adapt to knockback euphemistically
Miller’s confidence in dialogue and his actors are sheer pleasure viewing, and an ever more tightly twisting plot is simply a gripping joy …. A perfect evening fare for suspense film lovers.
This movie won the César Award for Best Writing, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor.
- Directed by Claude Miller
- Produced by Georges Dancigers & Alexandre Mnouchkine
- Written by: Claude Miller; Michel Audiard & Jean Herman
- Music by Georges Delerue
- Cinematography: Bruno Nuytten
- Editing by: Albert Jurgenson
- Release dates: 1981
- Running time: 90 minutes
- Country: France