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SÉRIE NOIRE

SÉRIE NOIRE

SÉRIE NOIRE

1979 / 111min / DCP

DIRECTOR: ALAIN CORNEAU

CAST: PATRICK DEWAERE, MYRIAM BOYER, MARIE TRINTIGNANT, BERNARD BLIER

In one of the strangest pairings in film adaptation history, prankish French modernist experimentalist Georges Perec (Life: A User's Manual) writes American pulp bruiser Jim Thompson for the screen, with surprisingly harmonious and sometimes hilarious results. Sacked from his job as a salesman and dumped by his wife for his involvement with an underaged sex worker (Marie Trintignant), Franck Poupart (Patrick Dewaere) signs up for a robbery scheme, only to discover how much worse his luck can get. Dewaere, the too-soon-gone premiere wild man of ‘70s French cinema, gives a live-wire, no-holds-barred performance, playing the entirely-amoral Thompson protagonist to the hilt, his increasingly frenzied star turn driving the film headlong towards derangement. A queasy-funny downer, unmatched as a screen evocation of the purgatorial, sodden Parisian suburbs.

A Rialto Pictures release.