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  • Actors: Claude Brasseur, Nathalie Baye, Johnny Hallyday, Julie Delpy
  • Directors: Jean-Luc Godard
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 16 May 2005
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007SMDQO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,879 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Jean-Luc Godard directs this comic thriller starring Nathalie Baye and Claude Brasseur. The film is set in an old Parisian hotel populated with extraordinary characters, including the house detective, who is still trying to solve a murder from years before.

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"Detective", like most Jean Luc Godard films, needs to be watched more than once before commenting on it. On first viewing it appears to be a little disjointed , with many characters roles appearing to be not clearly defined and somewhat ambiguous and the distinction between past and present vague. However on repeated viewings this all becomes much clearer. The plot is unusual; a former hotel detective and his nephew, an undercover cop, investigate an assassination that took place in a Parisian hotel two years that led to the firing of the hotel detective from his post. However as they are doing so , another murderous scenario is developing in the hotel in the present day as an airline owning couple on the verge of separation, a boxing promoter and the Mafia are all desperately chasing after money owed to them. The past and the present collide dramatically at the end of the film. All of the characters are strange and almost surreal; the Shakespeare quoting , deranged hotel detective, the adulterous wife and her despairing husband, the boxer and his teenage girlfriend, the cop and his teenage girlfriend, the Mafia godfather and his "poupee". They all make up a colourful cast in an intelligent, part farce , part thriller which gets better with repeated viewings.
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I gave up after about 40 mins of the film as I was lost as to who was whom and had little idea what the story was supposed to be about. I suspect that an earlier reviewer is correct and that you need to watch the film more than once to understand it. However, I feel that a good film should give enough on first viewing to make it comprehensible.
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I can often get a great deal from a Godard film even if i don't know what he's going on about but this one bored me considerably. Vague is'nt the word.
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Another French original original.
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excellent A+++
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