Diabolique (1955)

“To commit suicide in the Seine, one doesn’t need to undress.” – Alfred Fichet, le commissaire

Number of Times Seen – 1 (6 Jan 2019)

Brief Synopsis – The wife and mistress of an abusive school principal scheme to get rid of him.

My Take on it – This is the final film that I needed to watch or review of Richard of Kirkham Movie A Day’s 8 choices for this month’s MOTM over at the Lamb.

I’m generally not a big fan of foreign language films, but I decided to give this film a chance regardless.

I had heard of it beforehand but knew nothing about it.

Turns out this is a great thriller that manages to work exceptionally well the entire way through because we never really know what to expect.

The film is filled with some amazing twists and turns that keep changing what we might presume is happening along the way.

The three main characters are developed really well and we get to understand why each of them acts as they do throughout the story.

The lot itself may seem quite simple, but it’s far from that because it subtlety gets us to be sucked in to a suspense story that is paced just right.

They slowly give us more and more shocks that keep us glued to our seats since we can’t wait to see what happens.

This film is very reminiscent of the kind of film that Alfred Hitchcock would make and after reading the Trivia quoted below, I now know that even The Master of Suspense thought so too.

I wonder how different this film will be for me the next time I watch it now that I know what will happen along the way.

Bottom Line – Excellent thriller that works exceptionally well because of the various twists and turns along the way. The three main characters are developed really well and we get a clear picture of the reasons as to why they act as they do. I’m usually not the biggest fan of foreign language films yet this one is superbly done. The plot is quite simple and subtle and it moves along at a great pace in order for us to feel the suspense of everything as it slowly unfolds.  It reminded me of a Hitchcock thriller and after reading the trivia below, I now understand that he also thought it would be perfect for his filmography. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When director Henri-Georges Clouzot bought the film rights to the original novel, he reportedly beat Alfred Hitchcock by only a matter of hours. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)


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