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Buffet froid - Poster France

Buffet froid

A Feature film by Bertrand Blier

Produced by Sara Films

Release in France : 19/12/1979

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Actors (18)

Production and distribution (4)

Executive Producer :

Sara Films

Film exports/foreign sales :

StudioCanal Films Limited

Co-production :

Antenne 2

French distributors :

UGC Distribution (ex International), Parafrance

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The film begins with Alphonse Tram (Gérard Depardieu), a less than gregarious character, idly chatting to an accountant who is travelling home very late (they appear to be the only ones on the La Défense metro station platform, but look closely...). The accountant, a man of orthodox social outlook and standing is disturbed by and fearful of this rambling loner, more so when Tram attempts to give him his bloodstained knife (in order to reduce the chances of him "doing something silly..."). They argue and the accountant puts the knife on a seat a few feet away behind them. They argue some more and then notice the knife has disappeared. Later that night Tram discovers the same man in a subway leading from another metro station lying down with the knife stabbed into his stomach: he has no explanation to the police inspector Bernard (Blier) he reports it to as to how it happened. He speculates, perhaps unwisely but without caring for the potential consequences (as in Camus' L'Étranger) , to the police inspector that it was his own knife that killed the accountant: the police inspector, irate at having to consider a complex case while off-duty pushes Tram out of his apartment saying he has a bellyfull of murders all day and doesn't want another to deal with. This sparks off a series of bizarre occurrences around the city as Alphonse's wife is killed, and the perpetrator (Jean Carmet) who confesses to the murder is seemingly taken light heartedly by the police officer and Alphonse himself. 

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Full credits (19)

Executive Producer :

Alain Sarde

Line Producer :

Louis Grau

Director of Photography :

Jean Penzer

Sound Assistant :

Louis Gimel

Camera Operator :

Yves Agostini

Editors :

Claudine Merlin, Michèle Cerf

Continuity supervisor :

Annie Maurel

Music Composer :

Philippe Sarde

Sound Mixer :

Maurice Gilbert

Location Manager :

François Menny

Assistant Director :

Denys Granier-Deferre

Screenwriter :

Bertrand Blier

Sound Recordist :

Jean-Pierre Ruh

Assistant Operators :

Michel Coteret, François Lartigue

Production manager :

Christine Gozlan

Assistant editors :

Élisabeth Moulinier, Sylvie Quester

Production Designer :

Théobald Meurisse

Foley artist :

Jean-Pierre Lelong

Still Photographer :

Victor Rodrigue

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Feature film

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Black comedy, Metaphysical investigation

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100% French

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Runtime :

1 h 29 min

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Posters (1)


Festival Selections (3)

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1980

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1980)

Selection (4)

Best Editing : Claudine Merlin

Best Production Design : Théobald Meurisse

Best Cinematography : Jean Penzer

Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted) : Bertrand Blier


Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1980

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1980)

Awards (2)

César Award for Best Original or Adapted Screenplay : Bertrand Blier

César Award for Best Original Screenplay : Bertrand Blier