The Nonentity (1986) Michel Deville

The Nonentity (1986)
aka Le Paltoquet
Genre: Crime | Drama
Country: France | Director: Michel Deville
Language: French | Subtitles: English (.srt file)
Aspect ratio: Cinemascope 2.35:1 | Length: 90mn
Dvdrip H264 Mkv - 1021x432 - 25fps - 1.38gb

Four town notables, regulars at a cafe, are suspects in a murder at a neighboring hotel.

With ingenious camera work, witty dialogue, and a setting that almost never wanders from the cavernous interior of a mod cafe-bar, this drama by Michel Deville has a lot of pluses. 

A woman (Jeanne Moreau) and a man (Michel Piccoli, the "nonentity" of the title) jointly run the vast cafe and every night play host to the same four men as they sit around a card table -- a doctor, a journalist, a merchant, and a professor. A seductive woman (Fanny Ardant) lounges around in a hammock nearby. When the police commissioner starts investigating a murder, the four card players become suspects. Charming bits show an irritable "paltoquet" shoving the opening credits off the screen so the story can get going. He also sits around reading the novel from which the screenplay was adapted and provides music with a portable record player. 

These inventive touches allow the movie to work on several levels at once. 
 The Nonentity (1986)

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2 Response to "The Nonentity (1986) Michel Deville"

  1. jjr4 says:

    great group of actors; each of them has, literally, an unmistakable voice, and that turns this movie in a music score. Add to this a very witty script, it makes for a great ninety minutes of viewing. Thank you for this post.

    Arcane999 says:

    Came across this title by accident, while searching your site for "L'Adolescente" (Fr., 1979) -- the directorial debut of actress Jeanne Moreau, and not to be confused with your same-titled http://www.myduckisdead.org/search?q=L'Adolescente -- which has been on my "extremely hard to find" list for decades. Finally found a source for that online, but it was very low-res., so the search for a better quality copy continues.

    Anyway, I had seen a couple other films by Michel Deville, that I found to be even more in the WTF ? head-scratcher realm than some by Francois Ozun. So I'll have to check this one out.

    But Please keep on finding these lesser-known gems and bringing them to our attention.

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