Inspector Bellamy
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Two of the giants of French cinema, Claude Chabrol and Gerard Depardieu, team up for the only time for the director's 50th and final feature film, a wry thriller about a police commissioner trying to balance professional instinct with family duty. Once again, Paul Bellamy (Depardieu) and his wife are spending their vacation at her family home in a quiet town. But just as they're settling into their reassuringly predictable holiday routine, his perennially troubled younger brother shows up, joined by a mysterious stranger seeking Bellamy's protection.--© IFC
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's a small work. Yet it's so pleasurably well-made, so obviously the work of major talents in a comfortable groove, why carp about the scale or ambition of the project?"
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"Depardieu and Marie Bunel (as Bellamy's wife) have a terrific interplay, but Chabrol's sharp direction can't quite rescue his fuzzy script."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Dry, moody -- VERY Chabrol. Depardieu makes it worth watching"
‑ Roger Moore, Movie Nation
"... there are major pleasure to be had in the minor production from an old master."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
"Bellamy is a perfect film for Chabrol to go out on."
‑ Justin Strout, Orlando Weekly
"If you, like me, are a lover of Simenon's Inspector Maigret, you will find his nature embodied here in the performance of Gerard Depardieu. If you are not, get your hands on a Maigret novel and thank me for the rest of your life."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Inspector Bellamy leaves a sense not unlike a summary of Chabrol's entire career -- of guilty stains seeping away in every direction, of motives hidden and of endless stories that frustrate full understanding."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"Chabrol's craft, confidence and unshowy professionalism drives this crafty story even as it turns the conventions of the murder mystery inside out."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
"Meditative Chabrol asking us to consider the vagaries of life, family, corruption and murder."
‑ Jean Lowerison,
"Wonderful thinking man's crime drama."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A sadly bland footnote to an illustrious and influential career."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"The movie is in no hurry to end, much as its prolific maker never showed much inclination to stop."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"Inspector Bellamy is still a beautifully crafted film with a compelling and enjoyable performance by Depardieu"
‑ Beth Accomando,
"As always, Chabrol, who died last September, moves this along without a bit of fuss -- there's not a superficial camera move, scene or directing choice to be found."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"Off-balance - a state in which Chabrol liked to keep his audiences. He's successful one last time ... a film that never quite reveals itself in the way an audience would like."
‑ Marshall Fine, Hollywood & Fine
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