Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
Original title: Vivement Dimanche!
France, 1983. Films A2, Les Films du Carrosse, Soprofilms. Screenplay by Francois Truffaut, Suzanne Schiffman, Jean Aurel, based on the novel The Long Saturday Night by Charles Williams. Cinematography by Nestor Almendros. Produced by Armand Barbault, Francois Truffaut. Music by Georges Delerue. Production Design by Hilton McConnico. Costume Design by Michele Cerf. Film Editing by Martine Barraqué.
Francois Truffaut’s last film, while not a masterpiece when compared to his best work, is still an inventive and incredibly fun mystery-thriller in the Hitchcock vein. Shot in gorgeous black and white, it stars Jean-Louis Trintignant as an estate agent who becomes the prime suspect of a murder investigation when it turns out that his wife was having an affair with the victim. Trintignant’s plucky secretary (Fanny Ardant, also Madame Truffaut at the time) isn’t sure of his guilt, and decides to conduct an investigation of her own that grows more complicated, and thus more enjoyable for the audience, as the story progresses. Satisfying to the last drop, this is a memorable foray into the world of classic film noir, and Ardant is terrific in the lead.