Peril

  • 1985
  • Movie
  • R
  • Crime

Heavy on style and thin on content, this French thriller revolves around David (Christophe Malavoy), a guitar teacher who takes on a new student, pretty young Vivian Tombsthay (Anais Jeanneret), at the request of her parents, Julia (Nicole Garcia) and Graham (Michel Piccoli). A frequent visitor to the Tombsthay estate, David is soon sleeping with both Julia...read more

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Heavy on style and thin on content, this French thriller revolves around David (Christophe Malavoy), a guitar teacher who takes on a new student, pretty young Vivian Tombsthay (Anais Jeanneret), at the request of her parents, Julia (Nicole Garcia) and Graham (Michel Piccoli). A frequent

visitor to the Tombsthay estate, David is soon sleeping with both Julia and the Tombsthay's nosy neighbor, Edwige Ledieu (Anemone). At about the same time, in a seemingly unrelated incident, he is attacked by a stranger who tries to smash his hands. Coming to his rescue is yet another stranger,

Daniel Forest (Richard Bohringer), who befriends David and then reveals his secret--he is a hit man in town to do a job. As the days pass, David finds himself caught in a whirlwind of seduction, deceit, blackmail, and murder. For the most part the characters and situations are incomprehensible,

but what the film lacks in logic it makes up for in performances and style. The most notable aspect of PERIL is its unique editing approach; it distorts the viewer's sense of time and place, overlaps sound and dialog from one scene to the next, and employs optical effects such as mattes and iris

shots. (In French; English subtitles.)

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  • Released: 1985
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Heavy on style and thin on content, this French thriller revolves around David (Christophe Malavoy), a guitar teacher who takes on a new student, pretty young Vivian Tombsthay (Anais Jeanneret), at the request of her parents, Julia (Nicole Garcia) and Grah… (more)

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