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Série noire (1979)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 25 April 1979 (France)
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Franck Poupart is a slightly neurotic door-to-door salesman in a sinister part of Paris' suburbs. He meets Mona, a teenager, who's been made a prostitute by her own aunt. Franck would like ... See full summary »

Director:

Alain Corneau

Writers:

Jim Thompson (novel), Georges Perec (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Patrick Dewaere ... Franck Poupart
Myriam Boyer Myriam Boyer ... Jeanne
Marie Trintignant ... Mona
Bernard Blier ... Staplin
Jeanne Herviale Jeanne Herviale ... La tante
Andreas Katsulas ... Andreas Tikides
Charlie Farnel Charlie Farnel ... Marcel l'inspecteur
Samuel Mek Samuel Mek ... Le boxeur
Jack Jourdain Jack Jourdain ... L'entraineur (as Jack Jourdan)
Fernand Coquet Fernand Coquet ... Le Hell's Angel
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Storyline

Franck Poupart is a slightly neurotic door-to-door salesman in a sinister part of Paris' suburbs. He meets Mona, a teenager, who's been made a prostitute by her own aunt. Franck would like to change his life and also save Mona from her aunt. Murder is the only solution he finds to achieve his goal... A very gloomy movie, exuding dispair and uneasiness, with pathetic characters. Written by Yepok

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Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

25 April 1979 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Serie negra See more »

Filming Locations:

Créteil, Val-de-Marne, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,088, 29 September 2019

Gross USA:

$5,633

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,633
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Prospectacle, Gaumont See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Connections

References The Towering Inferno (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Alexandrie Alexandra
Music by Claude François and Jean-Pierre Bourtayre
Lyrics by Étienne Roda-Gil
Performed by Claude François
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A strange but fascinating experience
18 August 2000 | by sgendronSee all my reviews

One of the most original film experiences of the 70s is certainly French. Série noire is distinctive in its narrative and the form is never overwhelming the content.

Although most of it seems improvised, it is always surprising to learn that all of it was written down to the last word by Perec.

The most fascinating aspect of this movie is the angle of "harsh realism" that Corneau chose to tell the story. No external music is polluting the grimy atmosphere depicted with true to life colors and textures. And yet, it is one of the most romantic movie - in the purest form of the genre - that one can wish for.

And how can anyone not be touched by the late Patrick Deweare acting. It has been said that this movie took such a toll on the actor that some are almost suggesting that it was the starting point of his depressive state. It is truly a very moving, strong performance, full of surprise and nuance, almost so strong that it is unbearable to watch.

For those who are searching for a new kind of film making and acting, Série noire is certainly one of the best movies to provide such an experience.


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