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Farewell to Fred (1985)

Adieu blaireau (original title)
Fred is a gambler and deep in debt. He owes crime boss Victor a lot of money and the time to pay has come. Gégé, his loyal friend, advises him to make money quickly, or face the ... See full summary »

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Bob Decout

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Bob Decout
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Philippe Léotard ... Fred
Annie Girardot ... Colette
Jacques Penot Jacques Penot ... Gégé
Christian Marquand ... Victor
Juliette Binoche ... Brigitte
Amidou ... Poupée
Albert Dray Albert Dray ... Boris
Yves Rénier ... Professeur
John Dobrynine John Dobrynine ... L'organisateur du meurtre
Agathe Gil Agathe Gil ... Gigi
Emanuel Booz Emanuel Booz ... L'amateur de foot
Pierre Arditi ... La Grenouille
Catherine Albin Catherine Albin ... La fille bar Colette
François Auger François Auger
Mehdi Babou Mehdi Babou ... Un baigneur
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Fred is a gambler and deep in debt. He owes crime boss Victor a lot of money and the time to pay has come. Gégé, his loyal friend, advises him to make money quickly, or face the consequences. But Fred, at this moment, has other ideas in his head. He is obsessed with his young ex, BB. He is still madly in love with her, but she wants nothing more to do with him. She wants to be happy, far away from Fred, and his gambling. He wants to try again and promises to change, but she will not listen. Fred, without her, sees no reason to keep going. He decides to take a massive risk to refund his debts. He agrees to kill a man. Victor arranges the hit. Fred carries out his contract, but realizes it is a trap: somebody is there who wants to eliminate him. But Fred is prompter to draw his gun and kills the assassin. He knows now that his life will be very difficult. Impossible even with two gangs after him. Then he meets Colette (Girardot). She has had a difficult life and now dreams of peace. She... Written by J Grimshaw

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

30 April 1985 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Contratto di morte See more »

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Mono

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Quintessesntial 1980s french thriller
19 September 2003 | by jasongrimshawSee all my reviews

Bob Decout's 1985 thriller "Adieu Blaireau" premiered at the Cognac Festival in 1985. Starring the late french crooner Philippe Léotard, Annie Girardot and Juliette Binoche. The film opens with Léotard's Fred wandering around an underground carpark with a gun muttering the name BB. Cut to titles and the films plot, which will eventually bring us back to this carpark.

The plot is fairly simple: Fred is a petty criminal and a gambler with debts. He was dating a vastly younger woman BB (Binoche) who wants nothing more to do with him. He however is obsessed with the young woman. He is recruited by crime boss victor to carry out a hit to pay for his debt. On the first attempt he is faced with someone out to kill him. He then meets the melancholic Collette a woman of his own age, who knows exactly what he does for a living but is happy to turn a blind eye. The second attempt to carry out the hit leads to the carpark we first see him in and eventually to an empty theatre where things come to a grisly conclusion as Fred realises he may have been betrayed...

Decout's film is melancholic and dark, both visually and emotionally. All the characters seem to have been damaged by life. The film is also strongly influenced by the times. Strong blues and greys offset by neons light many scenes, while shadows and a jazzy score strongly root the film in the 1980s.

Léotard gives a sure, but unremarkable performance as the jaded Fred. Equally jaded is Annie Girardot's Collette. Seeing her here it > is hard to believe she was the number 1 French actress for a time in the 1970s. Juliette Binoche appears only very briefly as BB, the woman of Freds obsessions.

"Adieu Blaireau" is entertaining, yet the characters are quite limited and visually the film is dark and somewhat staid. the direction by Decout, is sure yet un-remarkable. there is nothing here that isn't in many other french thrillers of the mid 80s.


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