Investigation

  • 1978
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Crime

A compelling psychological thriller, INVESTIGATION concerns the powerful, well-liked owner of a small town tanning factory, Stephan Bertin (Victor Lanoux), who kills his wife when she refuses to grant him a divorce. When her disappearance is investigated by Judge Noblet (Jean Carmet), a soft-spoken city bureaucrat, the callous Bertin simply and matter-of-factly...read more

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A compelling psychological thriller, INVESTIGATION concerns the powerful, well-liked owner of a small town tanning factory, Stephan Bertin (Victor Lanoux), who kills his wife when she refuses to grant him a divorce. When her disappearance is investigated by Judge Noblet (Jean Carmet), a

soft-spoken city bureaucrat, the callous Bertin simply and matter-of-factly pretends that his wife has left him--something most locals believe, since it's well-known that Bertin and the village's now-pregnant schoolteacher, Muriel (Valerie Mairesse), have been having an affair. Acting only on a

gut instinct, Noblet tries to build a case against Bertin. Bertin counters with a threat to shutter his tannery--an action that unites the workers and engages wide sympathy for the little village. Despite the mounting odds against him, Noblet continues his fight. A low-key suspenser with excellent

performances from the brutish Lanoux and the civilized Carmet, both of whom are engaged in a fight to the finish, the film is on one level about their personal battle and the on-going investigation. Its most interesting aspect, however (hence the original title), is the complicity of the locals,

who care more for prosperity than they do about bringing a murderer to justice. (In French; English subtitles.)

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  • Released: 1978
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: A compelling psychological thriller, INVESTIGATION concerns the powerful, well-liked owner of a small town tanning factory, Stephan Bertin (Victor Lanoux), who kills his wife when she refuses to grant him a divorce. When her disappearance is investigated b… (more)

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