Michel Devilles sleek drama of eroticism and murder was released in 1985 in France to great acclaim. It has all the ingredients required for an intriguing thriller: sex, dishonesty, voyeurism, murder and a stunning cast. A rich businessman (Michel Picolli) and his young wife, Julia (Nicole Garcia) hire David (Christopher Malavoy) to teach guitar to their teenage daughter Vivianne (Anais Jeanneret). Julia quickly seduces David, and they begin a steamy affair, which unbeknownst to them is being filmed by the next door neighbour (Anemone), whom David has befriended.
When an unknown assailant attacks David, he realizes that hes becoming involved in a web of intrigue that runs deep. An elaborate manipulation plays out, with murder, kidnapping, suicide, a payoff, videos and a surprise pairing. The shadowy characters and the dark sensual backdrops make this a thrilling provocative film.
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: French ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Biographies, Filmographies, Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: A magnate and his younger wife hire David to teach guitar to their teenage daughter. The wife quickly seduces David, and simultaneously he strikes up an acquaintance with the family's inquisitive neighbor. One night, David is mugged but rescued from injury by a stranger, Daniel, who also becomes David's friend and admits to being a hit man. Video tapes of their activities appear in the lovers' mail; David thinks they're from the neighbor, Daniel is sure the husband is onto the affair and hired the mugger. After Daniel tells David that he's been hired to kill the husband, an elaborate manipulation plays out, with murder, suicide, a payoff, more videos, and a surprise pairing. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Berlin International Film Festival, Ceasar Awards, ...Death in a French Garden ( Péril en la demeure ) ( Peril )