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Maigret (NZ)

Maigret image - a film by Patrice Leconte
Maigret image - a film by Patrice Leconte
Maigret image - a film by Patrice Leconte
Maigret image - a film by Patrice Leconte
Maigret image - a film by Patrice Leconte
Maigret image - a film by Patrice Leconte
Maigret image - a film by Patrice Leconte
Maigret image - a film by Patrice Leconte
Maigret image - a film by Patrice Leconte
Maigret image - a film by Patrice Leconte
Maigret image - a film by Patrice Leconte
Maigret image - a film by Patrice Leconte
NEW ZEALAND PREMIERE SEASON COMMENCES 22 SEPTEMBER
Maigret image - a film by Patrice Leconte
Gripping. Directed with brisk efficiency. Depardieu is a formidable presence: implacable, calm and resolute, and the supporting cast is uniformly excellent. I'd like to think that this is not a one off for Depardieu, that he will return as Maigret to solve another mystery as tasty as this one.
David Stratton
THE AUSTRALIAN
A masterful encounter of two giants: Depardieu and Simenon. The classical sensibility of Patrice Leconte suits Simenon perfectly, conveying the humanity of the character more than just following the investigation. Depardieu is on on all levels, and literally inhabits this silent and melancholy character.
Wonderfully atmospheric and delectably melancholy. What's on screen is old-fashioned storytelling in the best possible tradition. Leconte's motive is to entertain, which he assuredly does, with empathy and flair.
Lisa Nesselson
SCREEN INTERNATIONAL
Incredibly moving and beautiful. Depardieu finds here by far his best role.
Beautiful and real. A film of atmosphere. Depardieu plays Maigret like no one before him. Never will we have had such access to the abyss of perplexity of the commissioner, to this void in the face of the mystery of the crime but also of existence itself.
LE PARISIEN
Impressive. Has the air of a new classic, as if it had long been part of the career of Patrice Leconte and that of Gérard Depardieu.
Director: Patrice Leconte
Cast: Gérard Depardieu, Aurore Clément, Mélanie Bernier, Jade Labeste, Clara Antoons, André Wilms
Duration: 89mins
Country of Origin: France
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Violence
Gripping. Directed with brisk efficiency. Depardieu is a formidable presence: implacable, calm and resolute, and the supporting cast is uniformly excellent. I'd like to think that this is not a one off for Depardieu, that he will return as Maigret to solve another mystery as tasty as this one.
David Stratton
THE AUSTRALIAN
A masterful encounter of two giants: Depardieu and Simenon. The classical sensibility of Patrice Leconte suits Simenon perfectly, conveying the humanity of the character more than just following the investigation. Depardieu is on on all levels, and literally inhabits this silent and melancholy character.
Wonderfully atmospheric and delectably melancholy. What's on screen is old-fashioned storytelling in the best possible tradition. Leconte's motive is to entertain, which he assuredly does, with empathy and flair.
Lisa Nesselson
SCREEN INTERNATIONAL
Incredibly moving and beautiful. Depardieu finds here by far his best role.
Beautiful and real. A film of atmosphere. Depardieu plays Maigret like no one before him. Never will we have had such access to the abyss of perplexity of the commissioner, to this void in the face of the mystery of the crime but also of existence itself.
LE PARISIEN
Impressive. Has the air of a new classic, as if it had long been part of the career of Patrice Leconte and that of Gérard Depardieu.

The legendary Gérard Depardieu brings to remarkable life one of the most beloved characters from 20th century crime fiction in MAIGRET, the exquisite, masterfully-directed new crime drama from multi award-winning writer/director Patrice Leconte (Monsieur Hire, Ridicule, The Girl On The Bridge), based on Georges Simenon’s internationally best-selling novels.

Paris, 1953. The body of a beautiful young woman is discovered at Place Ventimille, dressed in an elegant evening gown. There is nothing to identify her, and no witnesses. Pensive and world-weary Inspector Jules Maigret (Depardieu) endeavours to piece together her story, and in doing so uncovers details about her past and character. In his enquiries, he encounters Betty (Jade Labeste), a woman who bears an uncanny resemblance to the victim, but who also reminds him of one even closer to his own life…

Simenon (and Leconte’s) formidable protagonist - a French counterpart to Agatha Christie’s Poirot and P.D. James’ Dalgliesh - has been brought to the screen before, but Depardieu leaves an indelible stamp on the character, bringing tenderness and dignity to a man prepared to listen before he speaks, and to stand up for those without a voice.

Maigret image - a film by Patrice Leconte