Inspector Lavardin

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  • NR
  • 1986
  • 1 hr 40 min
  • 6.5  (1,568)

Inspector Lavardin is a French crime movie from 1986, directed by Claude Chabrol, and starring Jean Poiret as the titular Inspector Lavardin, who is called in to investigate the mysterious death of a local author in a small coastal town. Lavardin arrives in the idyllic little town of Saint-Camille to investigate the murder of Madame Cuno, a prominent local author who was found dead in her home. The townspeople, each one with their own secrets, are quick to blame Madame's family including her stepson, her publisher, and even her own daughter. As Lavardin begins to investigate the case, he suspects a larger conspiracy, a family and town full of secrets, lies and betrayals. As the inspector gets closer to the truth, he finds himself in danger and must race against the clock to solve the case before someone silences him for good.

Jean Poiret portrays Inspector Lavardin with a sense of intelligence, cool detachment, and wry humor, which makes for a compelling character. His understated personality and unconventional techniques include leaving his investigations for "fishing trips". Poiret's performance as the enigmatic Lavardin adds depth to the character and brings a unique flavor to the crime genre.

The movie's excellent script provides a complex, absorbing plot that keeps the viewer on edge from beginning to end. The story manages to weave together several twists and turns that are surprising yet satisfying. In this film, director Claude Chabrol expertly crafts a suspenseful, character-driven movie that is full of twists and turns to keep the audience guessing.

The supporting cast in the movie is also noteworthy. Jean-Claude Brialy delivers a stand-out performance as Maurice Ravel, Madame Cuno's publisher, who struggles with his own conflicted feelings about her. Bernadette Lafont is also a standout as Renée Plèges, a woman who becomes an ally to Lavardin and helps him with the investigation.

The setting of the film is another notable element of Inspector Lavardin. The coastal French town of Saint-Camille is picturesque, yet the secrets and darkness within the town add a layer of gothic atmosphere. The beautiful locations create an almost happily-ever-after environment, but the reality is exposed as Lavardin uncovers the family’s secrets, and the truth is brought to light.

The music in Inspector Lavardin is another highlight of the film, with a score composed by Matthieu Chabrol that adds an eerie quality to the film. The soundtrack augments the suspense and tension, adding an additional layer of depth to the movie.

Overall, Inspector Lavardin is a well-crafted, suspenseful, and intelligent film that is perfect for fans of the crime genre. Jean Poiret's performance as Inspector Lavardin is memorable, and the supporting cast delivers strong performances as well. The movie's combination of an intriguing plot, great acting, and beautiful setting make it a must-watch for fans who love a good detective mystery.

Inspector Lavardin is a 1986 crime movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 40 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.5.

Inspector Lavardin
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    6.5  (1,568)