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Buffet Froid (1979)

Buffet froid (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime | 19 December 1979 (France)
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Black comedy about solitude and the dehumanization of the modern world, through the adventures of three men. First introduced is Alphonse Tram, an unemployed young man. His only neighbour ... See full summary »

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Bertrand Blier

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Bertrand Blier
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gérard Depardieu ... Alphonse Tram
Bernard Blier ... Inspecteur Morvandieu / Insp. Morvandieu
Jean Carmet ... L'assassin / The murderer
Denise Gence Denise Gence ... L'hôtesse / The hostess
Marco Perrin ... Le maçon / The man in undershirt
Jean Benguigui ... L'homme en noir / The hired killer
Carole Bouquet ... Le jeune femme
Jean Rougerie Jean Rougerie ... Eugène Léonard, le témoin
Liliane Rovère ... Josyane
Bernard Crombey Bernard Crombey ... Le toubib / The doctor (as Bernard Crommbey)
Michel Fortin Michel Fortin ... L'escogriffe
Roger Riffard Roger Riffard ... Le garde de la tour
Maurice Travail Maurice Travail ... Le garde du terrain vague
Nicole Desailly Nicole Desailly ... La femme divorcée
Pierre Frag Pierre Frag ... L'homme divorcé
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Storyline

Black comedy about solitude and the dehumanization of the modern world, through the adventures of three men. First introduced is Alphonse Tram, an unemployed young man. His only neighbour is the police chief-inspector Morvandieu. Then a third man appears: he is Alphonse's wife's murderer... Bizarre and unreal. Written by Yepok

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Comedy | Crime

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

19 December 1979 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Buffet Froid See more »

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Mono

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.78 : 1
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The film had 777,127 admissions in France which was considered a failure. It has however since gained cult status. See more »

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When Insp. Morvandieu fires his gun, for the first time and at the end, he shoots 10 rounds in a row without reloading, whereas he uses a 6 chambers revolver. See more »

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A classic French absurdist story
6 January 2003 | by iguana-7See all my reviews

Alphonse Tram is plagued by nightmares of murder and pursuit. Employing existentialism, absurdism and even a little slapstick, writer/director Bertrand Blier leads Alphonse (Gerard Depardieu), his randomly acquired companions, and the viewer through a maze of hallways, stairways, and pathways to meet his fate.

The performances by Depardieu, Blier's father Bernard Blier, and a supporting cast made up of stars from French film and theatre (including an early cameo by Michel Serrault, best known as Albin/Zaza in "La Cage aux Folles"), are all marvelously nuanced and the film hasn't a beat out of place.


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