The Butcher

  • Dir: Claude Chabrol

  • France / Italy, 1970, 93 minmins, DCP

  • Cast: Stéphane Audran, Jean Yanne, Antonio Passalia

Hailed as the best French film since the Liberation by Le Figaro, The Butcher is considered Chabrol’s seminal masterwork. In a small village, Hélène (Stéphane Audran) is the spinster schoolmistress who meets the new butcher by chance at a wedding. This man, Popaul, escaped an abusive father into even greater horrors of war in Indochina and Algeria; he has now returned to take over the family shop. Their relationship remains pleasantly platonic even as the village is shaken by brutal, bloody murders. Until Hélène wonders, increasingly, if Popaul is somehow linked to these crimes…

San Sebastián International Film Festival : Best Actress

19/10/2019 (SAT) : Seminar with Long Tin and Geoffrey Wong


    In-theatre Screening

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      2019-10-19 (Sat)


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