France, 1979
Director: Alain Corneau
Producer: Maurice Bernart
Cast: Patrick Dewaere, Marie Trintignant, Bernard Blier
Screenwriter: Georges Perec, Alain Corneau
Based on the novel by Jim Thompson
Cinematography: Pierre-William Glenn
Genre: Drama, Crime
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
Language: French with English subtitles
Running Time: 111 minutes

Eccentric door-to-door salesman Franck Poupart (Patrick Dewaere) meets teenager Mona (Marie Trintignant), who is being forced into sex work by her miserly aunt. When Franck's wife leaves him and he loses his job, Mona convinces him to rob her aunt, and he soon realizes how bad his luck can get.

Awards and Nominations:
Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Editing nominations  (César Awards, 1980)

Reviews and Quotes 2

"It's hard to find words, exact sentences, to describe what we feel physically after Série Noire, as we come out exhausted, knocked out…"
— Bertrand Tavernier

— Slant

"Among the best big-screen interpretations of Thompson's bitter tales...ENTICINGLY NASTY"
 John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter

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