Toute la Ville Accuse (1956)

Genres - Comedy  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - France  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

Toute la Ville Accuse (The Whole Town Accuses) unfolds the tale of writer Fran├žois Nerac (Jean Marais), who sets up camp in a small village so he can work in peace. Through a series of unfortunate coincidences, Nerac finds himself in possession of a bagful of stolen money. Hoping to get rid of the loot in a hurry, he donates the cash to charity -- which immediately arouses the suspicion of the villagers who peg the stranger as a thief. Filmed on an obviously tight budget, Toute la Ville Accuse is the sort of "small" movie that grabs attention immediately and refuses to let go until the final shot. The film represents the impressive directorial debut of Claude Boissol, whose career surprisingly never really took off.