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Série Noire

In one of the strangest pairings in film adaptation history, prankish French modernist experimentalist Georges Perec writes American pulp bruiser Jim Thompson for the screen, with surprisingly harmonious and sometimes hilarious results. Sacked from his job as a salesman and dumped by his wife for his involvement with an underaged prostitute (Marie Trintignant), Franck Poupart (Patrick Dewaere) signs up for a robbery scheme, only to discover how much worse his luck can get. Dewaere, the too-soon-gone premiere wild man of ‘70s French cinema, gives a live-wire, no-holds-barred performance, playing the entirely-amoral Thompson protagonist to the hilt, his increasingly frenzied star turn driving the film headlong towards derangement. A queasy-funny downer, unmatched as a screen evocation of the purgatorial, sodden Parisian suburbs.

Série Noire
Directed by Alain Corneau
Cast: Patrick Dewaere, Marie Trintignant, Bernard Blier
Year: 1979
Runtime: 111 mins 
Released by Rialto Pictures

Opens on September 27 at Metrograph, New York.