The first film from former film critic Bertrand Tavernier, this moving story of a man forced to fight against the press, public opinion and his friends on behalf of his estranged son won a Special Jury Prize at Berlin in 1974. When a police car stops outside his small shop, Michel Descombes learns that his son has horrifically murdered a security guard and is now on the run. Stunned by the news, he cannot bring himself to belive it and tries to discover for himself the apparent motives for the gruesome crime. His passionate reactions in the defence of his fugitive son fascinate the investigating officer, Commissioner Guiboud. The two men form an odd trusting alliance until Michel realises that Guiboud is really acting to bring about his son's death as judicial revenge. To save his son, Michel has to put himself on the side of those against the law.
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: French ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.66:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Cast/Crew Interview(s), Commentary, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Michel Descombes is a watchmaker in the district of Saint-Paul, Lyons. He lives quietly, alone with his almost grown-up son, Bernard. One day, the police come and say Bernard murdered a FACTORY OWNER. Superintendent Guiboud asks Michel for help. But Michel realizes how little he knows about his son. He also starts to feel he is unable to blame his son. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Berlin International Film Festival, ...The Watchmaker of St. Paul ( L' Horloger de Saint-Paul ) ( The Clockmaker of St. Paul )