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The Butcher

Le boucher

Directed by Claude Chabrol
Italy, France, 1970
Drama, Romance, Thriller


At a friend’s wedding, Hélène meets Popaul, an ex-soldier with combat honors from Algeria and Indo-China, who has returned to his hometown and the family trade of butchery. The two are attracted to each other, but Hélène is reluctant to get involved…

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The Butcher Directed by Claude Chabrol

Awards & Festivals

San Sebastián International Film Festival

1970 | Winner: Best Actress

BAFTA Awards

1973 | Nominee: Best Actress

Bodil Awards

1971 | Winner: Best European Film

Critics reviews

Chabrol, more interested in the negotiation between the spoken and unspoken than in cheap thrills, opts to build tension subtly—transitioning from day to night, gradually saturating colors—while fashioning an atmosphere of unsettling empathy which would linger throughout his most popularly regarded decade.
February 12, 2015
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