Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
France, 1987. AFC, Koala Films, Canal+, Soficas Investimages, France 3 Cinéma. Adaptation and dialogue by Jean-Pierre Mocky, based on the novel by Malcolm Bosse. Cinematography by William Lubtchansky. Produced by Jean-Pierre Mocky, Maurice Bernart. Music by Gabriel Yared. Production Design by Michele Abbe-Vannier. Costume Design by Caroline de Vivaise. Film Editing by Jean-Pierre Mocky, Benedicte Teiger.
A hitchhiker travelling through the snowy regions of northern France comes across a tour bus packed with tourists who all turn out to be dead. He comes back to Paris and tells his museum librarian aunt (Catherine Deneuve, hilarious in curly red wig and glasses) before being brutally murdered. Convinced his officially accidental death following what he told her in secrecy was no coincidence, Deneuve travels to the scene of the crime and investigates the matter further. This delightful suspense-comedy doesn’t enjoy itself enough, particularly in the climax, but it moves at a bubbly pace and is blessed with a wonderfully spry performance by Deneuve and a host of colourful supporting characters.