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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


    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. 

    Source : Wikipédia 

    Actors (18)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Sara Films

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Tamasa Distribution

    Co-production :

    Antenne 2

    French distributors :

    UGC Distribution, Parafrance

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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

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Black comedy, Metaphysical investigation

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    Production country :

    France (100.0%)

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    100% French (France)

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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 Screenplay (Original or Adapted) : Bertrand Blier

    Best Production Design : Théobald Meurisse

    Best Cinematography : Jean Penzer

    Best Editing : Claudine Merlin


    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1980

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

    Awards (2)

    César Award for Best Original Screenplay : Bertrand Blier

    César Award for Best Original or Adapted Screenplay : Bertrand Blier