When a young girl is found raped and murdered in a slumbering fishing community, the newly-appointed female chief of police identifies René, a washed-up artist as the primary suspect. His seemingly devoted wife supports him in the face of rumors, while conducting an illicit liaison with a writer.
As Chabrol’s thrillers are rarely straightforward, this tragic tale is not only a character study but also a portrait of a community torn apart by grief and distrust. The painterly yet naturalistic cinematography is deceptively pleasant as deceits bubble underneath the serendipitous landscape.
Takeshi Kitano, 1996, Japan
Yeşim Ustaoğlu, 1999, Turkey
Jia Zhangke, 1998, China
Jean-Pierre Dardenne,Luc Dardenne, 1996, Belgium
Johnnie To, 2008, Hong Kong
Götz Spielmann, 2008, Austria
Wong Kar Wai, 2004, Hong Kong
Vincent Paronnaud,Marjane Satrapi, 2007, France
Michael Haneke, 2001, Austria
Gus Van Sant, 2007, United States