Play Dates


September 27 – October 3    New York, NY    METROGRAPH

Série Noire Play Dates


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, who is being forced into prostitution by her aunt. When Franck's wife leaves him and he loses his job, Mona convinces him to rob her aunt, but his string of bad luck doesn't end there.

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

"Thompson's signature brutality punctuates the depressed, ambitionless, utterly aimless lives of the film's characters."
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