The Butcher (Le Boucher)

Rated NR 93 minutes

Sexual frustration is the focus of this Hitchcockian thriller from French director Claude Chabrol. Schoolteacher Hélène (Stéphane Audran) comes to a small Périgord village to begin a new job. She is soon romanced by the local butcher, Popaul (Jean Yanne), but is distracted by her job and memories of a previous ill-fated relationship. A series of brutal murders of young women and a dropped cigarette-lighter raise Hélène's suspicions about her suitor, whose pitiable, depraved compulsions lead to a gruesome conclusion. Audran, who was Chabrol's wife at the time, makes an engaging heroine, and Yanne is simultaneously scary and pathetic as the obsessive butcher.~ Robert Firsching, All Movie Guide

Film Credits

Director: Claude Chabrol

Writer: Claude Chabrol

Cast: Stéphane Audran, Jean Yanne, Antonio Passalia, Pascal Ferone, Mario Beccara and William Guérault

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