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Inspector Bellamy

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France's greatest actor Gerard Depardieu (Green Card and Oscar nominee for Cyrano de Bergerac) shines in one of the best performances of his career as the legendary crime solver Inspector Bellamy. Depardieu tries to go on vacation but murder travels with him; not to mention his black sheep of a brother, his bored wife and enough suspects to fill a cruise ship. In the sly role he was born for, Depardieu anchors this suspenseful mystery in which even the inspector has a motive no one would suspect. The final film of acclaimed director Claude Chabrol, Inspector Bellamy is a worthy finale to a shining career and a haunting film that will keep you guessing until the final moments.

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Ifc Independent Film
  • DVD Release Date: January 25, 2011
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0048LPRDW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,739 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Gerard D. Launay on January 29, 2011
The idea of Chabrol's last film was to create a new detective in the style of Inspector Jules Maigret of the Paris Police. Great idea, great director, great star (Gerard Depardieu) so we should expect a winner. And yet the film disappoints. In film, Maigret has been played by a host of characters, but perhaps none better than Michael Gambon in the TV series. Maigret is canny, yet tough and humane at the same time. He can trick a criminal as well as share a bottle of wine with him.

Inspector Bellamy does not have either the wit, psychological insight, instinct, or just plain goodness that we expect from Maigret. As the Inspector, Gerard Depardieu seems to be sleepwalking through the film. Indeed if there is any shooting star in the picture, it is Bellamy's wife Francoise who is superbly played by Marie Bunel.

There are two stories being played out at the same time. On the one hand is a visit by a man who wants to confess his crime. On the other hand is a visit by the Inspector's half-brother who has a history of being a loser and sponging off his better situated relative.

In the shadows is always Francoise, the Inspector's wife. The spark of the bitter feud between the brothers is that Inspector Bellamy apparently took all the "luck" when they were growing up. And that luck IS Francoise. Not only did she bring her husband a comfortable amount of money for him to live on... but she brings her husband her intuitive insights about the minds of the criminals under investigation.

The ultimate theme of the movie is that what we observe on the surface is not the reality at all...yet that theme has been done better in both American, French, and Japanese films.

For those interested in Chabrol's body of work, my favorite film is "The Story of Women." So, if you do choose to watch Inspector Bellamy, keep an eye on the women...they seem to be running the show.
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I don't get all of the griping in some of the other comments. It's a very good film! it makes you think & I never expected the ending! Whoa! Plus, it has Depardieu!! Come on! Quit complaining & enjoy!
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By dave on October 1, 2014
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