Watched: January 20 2018
Director: Louis Malle
Starring: Jeanne Moreau, Maurice Ronet, Yori Bertin, Georges Poujouly, Jean Wall
Runtime: 1h 31min
Foreign Legion veteran Julien Tavernier (Ronet) and his lover Florence Carala (Moreau) have a diabolical plan: they will kill Florence’s husband, who just so happens to be Julien’s boss, and make it look like a suicide. The plan is good (you know, in an evil way) and goes smoothly until Julien forgets to get rid of a key piece of evidence.
When Julien tries to retrieve the rope hanging from the murdered man’s window, his timing couldn’t be worse and he ends up stuck in the elevator for the night when the power is turned off.
Florist Véronique (Bertin), who works across the street, and her crook boyfriend Louis (Poujouly) take this opportunity to steal Julien’s car and go on their own spree, which also ends in murder. One in which Julien becomes the main suspect as Louis stole his identity as well as his sweet ride.
Meanwhile, Florence wanders the streets of Paris searching for her now MIA lover she thinks she saw driving off in his car with another woman. Her internal dialogue is not happy about this.
We loved everything about this movie. It is visually stunning and fantastically scored with music by Miles Davis. Despite the fact that Julien committed his very own murder, we kept hoping that pretentious douchebag Louis would be arrested to clear Julien of killing the extremely happy German tourist, and the suspense kept us on the edges of our seats.
All the characters are horrible people, and yet we were enthralled by the story and very invested in the ending. Definitely a must-watch!
What we learned: Divorce was invented for a reason, people. Use it!
Next time: Mon Oncle (1958)
4 thoughts on “#162 Elevator to the Gallows/Ascenseur pour l’échafaud”
Hahahaha! I wasn’t ready for the funny comments on “Jeanne Moreau’s various depressed faces” xD I am literally laughing out loud! I will watch this film though. It seems like a good way to kill time on a boring Sunday night.
It’s awesome! 🙂