Cinema: Salaud Days

The father lifts his son's broken body and wails to the sunless Brittany sky. The cry congeals into a vow that propels an impeccable thriller, This Man Must Die.

Like an objets trouves sculptor, Director Claude Chabrol (La Femme Infidele) likes to give commonplaces a classic aspect. Is coincidence a cliche? Very well, then, the father, Charles Thenier (Michel Duchaussoy), learns the identity of the hit-and-run murderer by a convenient accident. Are villains too often betes noiresl The driver is a child-beating, wife-torturing, mistress-abusing salaud. Does the pursuer fall in love with his...

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