Starring Dominique Pinon as Louison, Marie-Laure Dougnac as Julie Clapet, Jean-Claude Dreyfus as The Butcher Clapet, Karin Viard as Mademoiselle Plusse, Ticky Holgado as Marcel Tapioca, Anne-Marie Pisani as Madame Tapioca, Edith Ker as Grandmother, Rufus as Robert Kube, Jacques Mathou as Roger, Howard Vernon as Frog Man, Chick Ortega as Postman, Silvie Laguna as Aurore Interligator, Jean-François Perrier as Georges Interligator, Dominique Zardi as Taxi Driver.
Neo-Noirsville... Somewhere in the not too distant past of the French Quarter of The Twilight Zone. At a cross road, in a ruined town, stands a lone surviving apartment house with its electric lit apartments and storefront Delicatessen.
All the domain of Clapet The Butcher (Jean-Claude Dreyfus), who we first encounter in his shop engaged in the art of sharpening a cleaver. He is a sort of French incarnation of a combination of Raymond Burr and a demented Jackie Gleason, a murder, who lures victims ( i.e., "meat" which he sells to his tenants for grain), with a help wanted add in a paper called Hard Times. He is aided in this scheme by the Postman and the Taxi Driver. This world is split into cannibals, underground sewer dwelling grain eaters, and one frog and snail gourmet whose abode is a permanently flooded apartment a fertile breeding habitat for amphibians and mollusks with which he co-exists.
|The film opens as the latest victim is dispatched.|
|Dominique Pinon (Stan Louison) with soap bubble|
|Julie (Marie-Laure Dougnac)|
|Dominique Pinon (Stan Louison) & Karin Viard (Mademoiselle Plusse)|
This droll Neo Noir is envelops you totally. The camera work and set design recall some of the great classic studio noirs of the 40's and the pallet of the handful of color noirs of the 50's with interesting compositions, and dutch angles. There are also echos and homages to films like The Widow, The Enforcer, Berlin Express, The Third Man, The Drowning Pool, Brazil, David Lynch's Blue Velvet and the films of Chaplin, Keaton, Lloyd and Laurel & Hardy.
|Julie (Dougnac) in her apartment|