Monsieur Hire

1989, France, 81m, 4K DCP

Adapted from the book by Georges Simenon, Monsieur Hire is a film of gorgeously muted widescreen color and “funereal beauty” (The Washington Post) that coolly unpacks sexual obsession and romantic love with intelligence and understated intensity. A young girl is brutally murdered. The prime suspect is a cold and reclusive man who is obsessed with his beautiful neighbor. He spends his nights watching her through his window, but when she discovers that she is being spied on, she becomes the aggressor in an erotically charged relationship that leads to a deadly game of cat-and-mouse. A Cohen Media Group release

In French with English subtitles

Official Selection: Cannes Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, New York Film Festival

One of Roger Ebert’s “Great Movies”

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A film by Patrice Leconte

So delicate that you almost hold your breath during the last half-hour. Events of grave subtlety are taking place.”

Roger Ebert, The Chicago Sun-Times

Movies about voyeurs should be nothing if not titillating, and the French film Monsieur Hire certainly qualifies — though in a refined, ‘tasteful’ way.”

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

Chillingly beautiful… A powerful, enigmatically modern love story.”

Molly Haskell, Film Comment