Les Couleurs du Diable (1997)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Psychological Drama  |   Run Time - 83 min.  |   Countries - France, Italy  |  
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In this provocative, suspenseful drama, a penniless aspiring painter receives an offer he cannot refuse and ultimately finds himself making a devil's bargain. Essentially a variation on "Faust," the tale is set in Rome and begins at an art show. Like the other artists, Nicolas Morgan hopes that the show will bring him success. The mysterious and dapper Bellisle sees his work, realizes that Morgan will do anything for wealth and fame, and offers to help him out. That night Bellisle calls Morgan and demands he witness a teen's fatal leap from a window. The tragedy inspires the artist and the resulting painting makes a splash in the Roman art world. Next, Morgan is at a sporting event and witnesses a terrible accident which he also captures on canvas. More gruesome coincidences occur and each results in a painting. Soon he finds himself the toast of wealthy art patrons. Meanwhile, police detective Marc Lauzon becomes interested in the artist's relationship to the sudden string of tragedies.



artist, deal-with-the-devil, stars [celebrities], violence, witness