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Buffet Froid (1979)

Original Title : Buffet froid
Director : Bertrand Blier
Writer : Bertrand Blier
Genre : Comedy
Country : France
Language : French
Producer : Alain Sarde
Music : Philippe Sarde
Photography : Jean Penzer
IMDB ID : 0078913
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poster for "Buffet Froid" by Bertrand Blier (1979)
Buffet Froid (1979) - Bertrand Blier
 

Starring

Gérard Depardieu Alphonse Tram
Bernard Blier Inspecteur Morvandieu/Inspector Morvandieu
Jean Carmet L'assassin/The murderer
Denise Gence L'hôtesse/The hostess
Marco Perrin Le maçon/The man in undershirt
Jean Benguigui L'homme en noir/The hired killer
Carole Bouquet Le jeune femme/The young woman at the end
Carole Bouquet Le jeune femme/The young woman at the end
 

Plot

Black comedy about solitude and dishumanization of the modern world, through the adventures of three men. First introduced is Alphonse Tram, an unemployed young man. His only neighbour is the police chief-inspector Morvandieu. Then a third man appears : he is Alphonse's wife's murderer... Bizarre and unreal.
 

Comments

top dark This is one of my favorite black comedies, on a level with Strangelove, After Hours, The Loved One, Little Murders and Cul de Sac.A kind of Three Stooges meets Samuel Beckett, it successfully traverses farce, slapstick, absurdism, and intellectual existential psychodrama.The stooges are hilarious, particularly Bernard Blier, the great French character actor (and father of director,) while the women are all in danger but really in control of this careening nightmare.The shift 3/4ths of the way through from the surreal city nightscape into the sunny countryside is brilliant and leads to a perfect ending...
 
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Buffet Froid (1979) - Bertrand Blier
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