Serie Noire

Serie Noire

Directed by: Alain Corneau

Saturday, March 5, 2011

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SERIE NOIRE follows a slightly neurotic door-to-door salesman (extraordinary, wild-eyed Patrick Dewaere) in a sinister part of Paris’ suburbs. He meets a teenager, who’s been made a prostitute by her own aunt. Wanting to change his life and also save the girl from her aunt, he arrives at murder as the only solution. Part of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2011.

“Corneau’s little-seen 1979 version of Jim Thompson’s novel A Hell of a Woman (with dialogue by cult novelist Georges Perec!) ranks as one of the best (and, indeed, one of the few good) adaptations of the beloved writer’s work-a clever blend of absurdist romance and noirish desperation.” – New York Magazine

NR, 111 Minutes, French
France, 1979

"A welcome blast from the past... This semisleazy slab of hardboiled bliss... is easily one of the best, if not the best, adaptations of pulp-fiction maestro [Jim Thompson's] work ever committed to celluloid. "
- David Fear, Time Out New York

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