Frequent Death (1988)

ELISABETH RAPPENEAU

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5

Original title:  Frequence Meurtre

France1988.  Acteurs Auteurs Associés, C.A.P.A.C., Films A2, Les Productions de la Guéville, Slav 1, Soffia, Sofima, Soprofilms.  Screenplay by , Elisabeth Rappeneau, based on the novel When The Dark Man Calls by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Routine thriller that only has life because of the wonderful work by star Catherine Deneuve. She plays a psychoanalyst who hosts a radio show and begins to worry when strange things begin happening to her. Somebody breaks into her home, a mysterious voice begins calling into her show and threats against hers and her daughter’s life appear everywhere. The trauma of this violation brings back memories of her childhood, when her parents were murdered by an intruder and she was the one who discovered their bodies. Red herrings abound everywhere, and director Elisabeth Rappeneau doesn’t really believe in the strength of the material, but Deneuve’s fans will enjoy it well enough; this woman can’t even smoke without making it interesting.

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