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Above Suspicion (2011)

Insoupçonnable (original title)
Valérie, a youthful 40, is an active, exemplary woman. A psychiatrist by trade, she is also a perfect mother, wife, and parishioner. And yet, Valérie is also a murderer.

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Benoît d'Aubert
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cristiana Réali ... Valérie Jourdan
François Berléand ... Pierre Jourdan
Jade-Rose Parker Jade-Rose Parker ... Abi (as Jade Rose Parker)
Sophie de Fürst Sophie de Fürst ... Guillemette Jourdan
Carole Franck ... Hélène
Nadia Fossier Nadia Fossier ... Catherine Debroise
Sara Martins ... Julie
Lannick Gautry Lannick Gautry ... Marco
Anna Gaylor Anna Gaylor ... Denise
Laurent Mouton Laurent Mouton ... Brigadier Masson
Julie Victor Julie Victor ... Fred
Priscilla Attal-Sfez Priscilla Attal-Sfez ... Adeline (as Priscilla Attal)
Malik Bentalha Malik Bentalha ... Technicien police #1 (as Malik Benthala)
Marie-Laure Descourreaux Marie-Laure Descourreaux ... Mme Merlin
Loïc Mobihan Loïc Mobihan ... Jeremy Merlin
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Valérie, a youthful 40, is an active, exemplary woman. A psychiatrist by trade, she is also a perfect mother, wife, and parishioner. And yet, Valérie is also a murderer. Valérie kills - though never with a light heart - men guilty of domestic violence. And Abi comes along every time. Abi was her name when, at the age of 16, she killed for the first time. Her own father. A demanding, determined, uncompromising teen, Abi is hounding Valérie. She is her traumatized and avenging conscience. Valérie would like to be rid of her demon, but her husband, a loving partner but also a dedicated police chief, is already starting to close in on the truth. Written by Happy_Evil_Dude

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Comme Un Enfant
Written by Suna Syal
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Good small town and crime film.
5 September 2012 | by stuka24See all my reviews

Brazilian-born Cristiana Reali, always stunning, stars this film that depicts pretty well life in a small quiet French town. She is "Abigaël Valérie Marie Jourdan", daughter of the town's major, wife of the chief of police, has a regular practice as a psychiatrist in a posh office, a nice home, even helps at the local charity. François Berléand plays "Pierre", his devoted husband who, even when sulking a bit at night, asks for forgivance later. Then you have the secondary characters, their daughter Guillemette, who is studying medicine as her mum, and her sister Catherine Debroise, also working in Medicine, with some issues of her own that resonate on Marie's past (she's got a dependent personality, always justifying his violent partner, "Marco"). We see only one patient, beautiful "Adeline", and Valérie is duly concerned about her. And then we have the delightful grandma "Denise", all the family together at the town council when they uncover the statue of Valérie's father, the late major of the town. How lovely! But, as anybody that has seen any Chabrol movies, we know how to "look beneath the surface of bourgeoise respectability", to so speak :).

The only ones that "knows" Marie is her secretary, Julie, who of course uses that to her advantage with "Fred". Even "Hélène" (Carole Franck) the reliable police woman who works with the chief is at a loss, same as all the police, the regulars at the chapel, her own family and entourage, etc. This may be the only weak point, but overall the film is highly enjoyable. The plot is tight in the sense that there's nothing there that just shouldn't be.

Just one quibble: Marie's "conscience", although similar to her, also in her beauty, doesn't really look like a "young Marie" (she doesn't have fair eyes, her face is more square, etc.).

Music is quite interesting, gripping and also nice to listen to.

Enjoy it !

PS: Do not confuse this film with another one of the same name (...) from the year before http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1661388/.


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Film & Picture [France]

Country:

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Language:

French

Release Date:

2 December 2011 (France) See more »

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