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Inspector Bellamy (2009)

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2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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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.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • 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: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0048LPRDW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,034 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Inspector Bellamy is NO Inspector Maigret 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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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chabrol's final film; Depardieu's swan song? July 2, 2011
INSPECTOR BELLAMY (2009, U.S. DVD release 2011), written and directed by Claude Chabrol, 110 minutes. INSPECTOR BELLAMY (Gérard Depardieu) was quite a pleasant surprise for me - an updated Inspector Maigret kind of adventure that really does leave you wanting more. Quite a trick, considering the weaknesses of this, Chabrol's final film and his first time out with Depardieu.

Set in Nîmes, where Inspector Paul Bellamy (an incredibly fat Gérard Depardieu) and his wife vacation for a month out of each year, this curious mystery will have you as intrigued as Inspector Bellamy was. The inspector, who is now famous throughout France not only as a hotshot detective but as a published 'memoirist', is drawn into a mystery about a murderous investment agent on the lam. While he visits the fellow in hiding, viewers are pondering what this has to do with the awful car crash that is briefly flashed at the beginning.

What will unfold is the typical French "suspense" - lots of talk, more talk, a few visits with various people, way too many existentialist references. It is the curiosity of the story and the power of the actors that keeps the viewer riveted, and I will certainly not spoil any more than that. With the inspector's baby brother crashing in on the story, the inspector's beautiful wife and a few other funny characters, you'll certainly be entertained by them if nothing else.

I have to say, a few things stood out as very negative: this film is far and away the worst "suspense" film I've ever seen, and the mystery lies in places other than those the typical audience is accustomed to experiencing. This film is not for everyone, but it is certainly a character study of the French way of law enforcement and French thinking in general.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Trailer was better than the entire movie July 13, 2012
After watching the trailor, I was expecting a great mystery, but was very disappointed.In fact I nodded out a couple of times
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1.0 out of 5 stars Boring February 23, 2012
I started watching this film based on the synopsis which described it as a "tense thriller". There was nothing tense or thrilling about it. I shut it off halfway through. It slowly meanders along with an Inspector who refuses to turn a murder suspect and his accomplish in to the authorities. For what reason? His own curiosity about them and their crime? If I had stuck around, I would have found out. Fortunately, I had much better things to do than waste another hour on this sad excuse for an exciting crime story.
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