Best Adapted Screenplay
"Though not a horror film in the gory or jumpy sense, this 2014 portrait of a serial killer is chilling in its intimacy"
Cédric Anger, a former critic for Cahiers du Cinéma, wrote and directed this chilling chronicle of notorious serial killer Alain Lamare (here renamed Franck Neuhart and played by Guillaume Canet). In the 1970s, the inhabitants of a quiet region in northern France find themselves living in panic and fear: a serial killer is at work targeting young women. In a truly mordant twist, while Lamare was terrorizing France in the winter of 197879, he was also a model policeman tasked with apprehending the killer. His victims were female hitchhikers whom he stalked and shot while sending threatening letters to the police. However, things become a bit harder when he is assigned to investigate his own crimes.
In this French thriller, Anger tells this true story from the killer's point of view, closely following Franck's double life and illustrating his systemic murders, his zealous professionalism in catching the maniac, and his blooming attraction for his shy cleaning lady Sophie (Ana Girardot). César nominee Guillaume Canet delivers one of his best performances in this portrait of a neurotic and self-destructive man obsessed with order and masculinity. The evocative period soundtrack includes Johnny Thunders and The Velvet Underground.
Directed by Cédric Anger, 2014, France, 111 mins. In French with English subtitles.
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