INPECTOR BELLAMY (2009)

Two of the giants of French cinema, Claude Chabrol and Gerard Depardieu, team up for the only time for the director’s 50th and final feature film, a wry thriller about a police commissioner trying to balance professional instinct with family duty. Once again, Paul Bellamy (Depardieu) and his wife are spending their vacation at her family home in a quiet town. But just as they’re settling into their reassuringly predictable holiday routine, his perennially troubled younger brother shows up,joined by a mysterious stranger seeking Bellamy’s protection. Inspector Bellamy is a beautifully crafted film with a compelling and enjoyable performance by Depardieu. Paul Bellamy: People kill to get rid of something, but with most killers, they kill because they want to get rid of themselves.

 

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