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Le boiteux: Baby blues (1999)

One hot summer's day in a little french town, a building worker accidentally finds the skeleton of a newborn baby and calls the police. Detective Jacques Deveure (Vincent Winterhalter) is ... See full summary »

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Vincent Winterhalter ...
Deveure
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Granier
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Blandine Piancet
Brigitte Roüan ...
Véronique Troney
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Louisa
Nicolas Silberg ...
Chassagne
Frédéric Gorny ...
Patrick Piancet
Jean-Marie Frin ...
Lucien Piancet
Stéphane Jobert ...
Callero
Stéphane Bisson ...
Gallot (as Stéphane Olivié Bisson)
Alban Guitteny ...
Adjudant Berchet
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Jasmine Troney
Philippe De Brugada ...
Pinto (as Philippe de Brugada)
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Dr.Joseph Brant
Guy Labadens ...
Le patron de la brasserie
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One hot summer's day in a little french town, a building worker accidentally finds the skeleton of a newborn baby and calls the police. Detective Jacques Deveure (Vincent Winterhalter) is place in charge of the investigation. His investigation uncovers evidence of numerous shady dealings, revealing a strange underbelly of the private lives of a cadre of people including Grandier (Francois Berleand) and Blandine Piancet (Audrey Tautou). This multi-layered story continually unveils new twists and turns. Written by Reshazedek

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Better than I expected considering its pedigree.
8 September 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Le Boiteux: Baby Blues" was a made for TV movie and I assume that if it didn't feature Audrey Tautou then it probably would have never come to DVD--at least here in the US. However, due to the success of Tautou's subsequent films (especially "Amélie"), this film done earlier in her career was a hot commodity--therefore it's available to a much larger audience. So was it worth it or is this just another cheap TV movie? Read on and find out for yourself.

The film begins with workmen in a home discovering the skeleton of a baby buried under the basement floor. How long it's has been there is uncertain but it's certainly been several years or much, much longer. The couple living there (the wife is Tautou) are not serious suspects because they've only lived there a few months. So whose baby is it and how did it get there?! And, even if it isn't Tautou's, something weird is going on with her--really, really weird. I could say more, but think it might reveal too much of the plot.

Overall, the film looks like a made for TV movie (but with sex--something you don't see that explicitly on American TV--at least not on regular stations). This isn't an insult--just a comment about the way the film footage appears and the budget. I did appreciate how the forensics were realistic--something you too rarely see on popular American TV shows (which are more like sci-fi when it comes to the amazing things they can do). And, I also liked the story--it had a lot of unique story elements and kept me guessing. So, although it was not originally envisioned as a film to be released here in the States, I am glad they did--it's a good, gritty yet realistic cop story and well worth seeing.


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