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  • Summary: Two of the giants of French cinema, Claude Chabrol and Gerard Depardieu, team up for the only time for the director's 50th and final feature film, a wry thriller about a police commissioner trying to balance professional instinct with family duty. Once again, Paul Bellamy and his wife are spending their vacation at her family home in a quiet town. But just as they're settling into their reassuringly predictable holiday routine, his perennially troubled younger brother shows up, joined by a mysterious stranger seeking Bellamy's protection. (IFC Films) Collapse
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  1. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Jan 20, 2011
    91
    While the film is no groundbreaker, it is a paragon of elegance without austerity, and there's nothing like being in the confident hands of a master filmmaker.
  2. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Feb 9, 2011
    88
    Chabrol as always shows a tenderness toward the lives of people who are exceptional only because crime touches them.
  3. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Feb 10, 2011
    88
    Chabrol's final picture was designed with Depardieu in mind. It's a small work. Yet it's so pleasurably well-made, so obviously the work of major talents in a comfortable groove, why carp about the scale or ambition of the project?
  4. Reviewed by: Boyd Van Hoeij
    Oct 26, 2010
    70
    This upscale talkfest, which delights in its witty banter and sly references, could be helmer's most commercial work in quite some time.
  5. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Feb 10, 2011
    70
    Depardieu brings such easygoing authority to the title character that you're pulled into the investigation, even as Bellamy becomes increasingly bewildered by his home life.
  6. Reviewed by: J. Hoberman
    Oct 26, 2010
    70
    It's an ostensive crime film at once symmetrical, surprising, and knowingly cinephilic.
  7. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Dec 9, 2010
    50
    Recently deceased master filmmaker Claude Chabrol's 50th and final feature, Inspector Bellamy, proves a sadly bland footnote to an illustrious and influential career.

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