Monsieur Hire

Overview

Lonely and shy bachelor Monsieur Hire Michel Blanc, suspected in the murder of a girl, secretly watches his young, attractive neighbor Alice Sandrine Bonnaire through the window. Once, when lightning flashes during a thunderstorm, she notices his face in the window and comes to him to find out what he is after. Adapting Georges Simenon's novel, Patrice Leconte emphasized the psychological drama rather than the detective story and created a film about loneliness and voyeurism; his cold precision is reminiscent of ...
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Overview

Lonely and shy bachelor Monsieur Hire Michel Blanc, suspected in the murder of a girl, secretly watches his young, attractive neighbor Alice Sandrine Bonnaire through the window. Once, when lightning flashes during a thunderstorm, she notices his face in the window and comes to him to find out what he is after. Adapting Georges Simenon's novel, Patrice Leconte emphasized the psychological drama rather than the detective story and created a film about loneliness and voyeurism; his cold precision is reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock or Fritz Lang. The low-key acting and moody soundtrack add a lot, but it's the director who deserves the most accolades, as he manages, with only glances and gestures, to achieve a degree of eroticism that other films fail to reach even through explicit sex scenes.
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Special Features

An interview with Patrice Leconte; Original theatrical trailer; Stills gallery; Optional English subtitles; Enhanced for 16x9 TVs
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Dan Jardine
Patrice Leconte's subtle, insinuating thriller becomes much more than it at first appears. What seems to be a psychological thriller about an obsessive-compulsive voyeur suspected of a young woman's murder turns into an exercise in existential angst similar to Albert Camus' classic Existentialist novel The Stranger. Like Camus' protagonist, M. Hire leads a life of deadening routine on the fringes of society, remains aloof from others, and is suspected of committing murder. Michel Blanc plays Hire's cool, non-verbal fastidiousness with just the right touch of quiet yearning. However, Leconte adds an intriguingly Hitchcockian element in the object of M. Hire's desire. Rather than feeling victimized by Hire's obsessive voyeurism, the woman (Sandrine Bonnaire) is seduced by it, becoming a watcher of the watcher. This twist provokes the audience to study the film's themes from at least two perspectives at all times. The film's silences are profound, and the camera fills the void by moving seamlessly from one perspective to another, layering image upon image and forcing the audience to interpret the character's emotions and motives, since their words reveal so little. A sophisticated study of detachment and alienation, Leconte's film is a tragic and enigmatic masterpiece.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/20/2007
  • UPC: 738329055325
  • Original Release: 1989
  • Rating:

  • Source: Kino Video
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 1:19:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 57,314

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michel Blanc Monsieur Hire
Sandrine Bonnaire Alice
Luc Thuillier Emile
André Wilms Inspector
Eric Berenger
Philippe Dormoy
Bernard Soufflet
Technical Credits
Patrice Leconte Director, Screenwriter
Philippe Carcassonne Co-producer, Producer
René Cleitman Co-producer, Producer
Patrick de Wolf Screenwriter
Joëlle Hache Casting, Editor
Denis Lenoir Cinematographer
Ivan Maussion Production Designer
Michael Nyman Score Composer
Elisabeth Tavernier Costumes/Costume Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Monsieur Hire
1. Voyeur [6:13]
2. Rendezvous [6:42]
3. Burial [5:27]
4. Bowling [2:28]
5. Tomatoes [6:32]
6. Ice Skating [2:25]
7. Ironing [6:26]
8. Smells [7:31]
9. Lunch [4:30]
10. Confession [3:25]
11. Whores [6:08]
12. Boxing [5:53]
13. Solution [2:59]
14. Train [3:12]
15. Sadness [7:26]
16. Credits [1:38]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Monsieur Hire
   Play Film
   Chapters
   Extras
      An Interview With Patrice Leconte
      Original Theatrical Trailer
      Stills Gallery
         Enter Gallery
   Subtitles
      Subtitles: On
      Subtitles: Off
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