The Red Dwarf (1998)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Black Comedy, Crime Drama  |   Run Time - 104 min.  |   Countries - Belgium, France, Italy  |   MPAA Rating - R
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A Michel Tournier short story is the source for this expressionistic Belgian-French-Italian comedy-drama, filmed in black-and-white with French dialogue. Lucien L'Hotte (Jean-Yves Thual), a dwarf who works for a law firm, is befriended by circus trapeze artist Isis (Dyna Gauzy), who views him as her guardian angel. Minus love, Lucien writes and mails letters to upset the marriages of others. His company's number one client, divorced vocalist Paola Bendoni (Anita Ekberg) vamps him at her villa, and their affair begins. But her later rejection doesn't sit well, so he creeps into her house, strangles her, and frames her dullard husband (Arno Chevrier) for the deed. Shown in the Directors Fortnight section at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival.

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dwarf, marital-problems, murder, rejection, trapeze-artist, lawyer