Death in a French Garden

1985

Crime / Drama / Mystery

116
IMDb Rating 7 10 1

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Nicole Garcia as Julia Tombsthay
Richard Bohringer as Daniel Forest
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by kosmasp 6 / 10 / 10

Testament (of its time)

This worked way better in the 80s and has not aged that well. And I'm talking about the movie, so no pun inteneded. When it comes to story it's quite out there, mixing thriller and erotic elements to quite a "joyful bundle" (also a very disturbing and crazy one). Now people in here may not really act or react exactly like one would imagine they do. The german dub would add negative points imho, so just keep that in the back of your mind in case you are thinking about watching it that way (unfortunately for many DVD releases in Germany while having the original audio included, do not have subtitles). Nudity and minor violence included - does that sound appealing?

Reviewed by dbdumonteil 7 / 10 / 10

what lies beneath a cozy upper class mansion

Michel Deville is a French filmmaker known for his aesthetic refinement and "Péril en la Demeure" bears its author's trademark. It's filmed with elegance and everything from the scenery to the acting, the camera angles to the music without mentioning witty dialogs breathes the refined. One can't forget the neat link shots, the fluid editing that add to the pernicious charm this shady thriller exudes from its three exploited mainsprings: perversion, manipulation and voyeurism. Nearly everyone in this film is a peeping tom like the offbeat female neighborhood (Anémone) who films the lovemaking between the guitarist teacher David (Christophe Malavoy) and Julia (Nicole Garcia) or Julia's husband Graham (Michel Piccoli) who watched these lovemaking sessions on the videotape. As for the manipulation, Julia leads David up the garden path by making him believe that he killed her husband while seasoned killer Daniel (Richard Bohringer) tries to make him understand that he's got a mission to fulfill. Deville diverts the codes, the ingredients of the genre to his own advantage to create a stylish, idiosyncratic thriller and a mirror film directed to the viewer about his peeping tom side. It's easy to let oneself immerse in this universe and to forget the irregularities or glitches that undermine a little the storytelling even if Deville has recourse to zones of shadow and clues likely to explain the characters' motivations. If the filmmaker bore this in mind, he can be forgiven for his possible mistakes.

Reviewed by gridoon2021 7 / 10 / 10

Playful, bold, and surprising

"Death In A French Garden" is a film that only the French could have made, and, in this case at least, this is meant as a compliment. It's both low-down and elegant; it's sexually very frank, with characters on the edge of morality, but at the same time the director keeps winking at you, telling you not to take all of this too seriously. This attitude is personified by the lead of the film, Christophe Malavoy, who stays bemused and unshocked for, say, 95% of the time, even though he meets nymphomaniacs, weirdos, assassins, etc. Some of these characters may appear extraneous at first, but they all serve their purpose as the constantly surprising plot unfolds. And classical music buffs will love the eclectic soundtrack. *** out of 4.

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