The Clockmaker of St. Paul

The Clockmaker of St. Paul

The Clockmaker of St. Paul

  The watchmaker Michel Descombes (Philip Noiret) is offended when one morning two commissioners appear to him and ask about the whereabouts of his car. This has disappeared, but that’s nothing extraordinary, for Michel’s son Bernard (Sylvain Rougerie) uses the car frequently. Since Bernard’s mother first left the family, who had died later, father and son to live harmoniously with each other, and there is no reason why the watchmaker should be wary of his Filius. The police, however, sees the different – experiences from Commissioner Michel Guilboud (Jean Rochefort), that his son is said to have killed a man, now he finds himself with his girlfriend Liliane Torrini (Christine Pascal) on the run. Apparently the victim a member of the plant protection in the factory where Liliane and had worked for the factory worker caught in the theft and extortion. Descombes, who believed his son to know, but who knew nothing of the existence of Liliane, is shocked and has to ask oneself what mistakes he might have made. Soon imagine a journalist and also penetrate to the watchmaker, but the “Father of a murderer,” as the press calls him know that even no answers to the pressing issues. Desperate to make the watchmaker for clues to better understand his son, but he always comes to secrets, hid the Bernard before him. Be caught when his son and his pregnant girlfriend finally wants to see that his father did not even …

In spite of the literary text on the first novel from the pen of Georges Simenon, the) (the original # The Watchmaker of Everton said, this film by Bertrand Tavernier less call a detective film. For it is never the slightest trace of doubt comes to the responsibility of the Bernards terrible deed. The focus is rather the nameless horror that covers the watchmaker, his feelings, the abyss of knowledge that his son, whom he never knew really well, capable of such an act is. A silent but no less impressive implementation of a father-son conflict, accompanied by a careful critique of the political situation in France.
The Clockmaker of St. Paul, L’Horloge de Saint-Paul was on the Berlinale 1974 a Silver Bear.

(Joachim Kurz)

Title: The Clockmaker of St. Paul Original Title: L’Horloge de Saint-Paul – TV-Tip of the Week Country of production: France Production year: 1974 Length: 105 (Min)

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