Garde à Vue (1981)

Genres - Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Psychological Thriller, Police Detective Film, Post-Noir (Modern Noir)  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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This is a minimalist interrogation drama about a wealthy, influential attorney (Michel Serrault) in a small French town falls under suspicion in a double rape/murder case. The police bring the lawyer in for questioning; at first politely, and then less so, the interrogation team (Lino Venture, Guy Marchand) chips away at the suspect's alibi. An expertly wrought surprise ending makes up for the clumsiness of the English-language dubbing. This French film was based on the British novel Brainwash, by John Wainwright.

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questioning [police interrogation], lawyer, murder-suspect, police-detective, guilt, wife