Agatha Christie's criminal games

Agatha Christie's criminal games

DVD - 2017 | French
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Agatha Christie's world famous mysteries are delightfully adapted in a new series of French TV movies, sexy, witty and definitely addictive! Set in the 1950s, these iconic stories introduce new investigators in classic Christie style. Chief Inspector Laurence, a man of class and refined taste, and the young ambitious journalist Alice Avril, along with Laurence's ever loyal secretary, Marlene. Enjoy Agatha Christie mysteries with a decidedly French twist.

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jimg2000
May 31, 2017

Many witty dialogues. Here are just samples.

Laurence asked Alice as his alibi:

Wait, what? What did we do?
-I don't like it more than you so.
Why not one of your ladies?
-Certainly, not. I hate to be indebted. Let's review the details that you'll confirm to Tricard.
Out of the question.
-No general nor small details!
Plus no one will believe us.
- I admit it's a little unlikely, but...
Yes, it's nonsense. You're 20 years older than me!
-That's enough! It's me who's risking my reputation. Did you take a look at yourself?... Come on Avril, come back here! Avirl for God's sake!
Apologize immediately!
-All right, you could appeal to anybody. All right? Can we go now?

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jimg2000
May 31, 2017

At the restaurant:
There aren't any prices.
-The waiter made an error. He mistook you for a female of the species. In this kind of place, it's usually the man who pays the bill. It's known as chivalry. I'll have the tournedos Rossini...
It's something to stop us progressing. It's really annoying for us to be treated as helpless. Male domination won't last long. We'll stand on our own two feet... Deviled eggs, and breast fillet with mushroom sauce... Wait (looked up at Laurence) that's chicken. There's already one at the table. Relax, Laurence. You're all pale. I'll have a spatchcock poussin... Hey! With fries...
------
Do you really have to eat with your fingers?
-You're allowed to with this... No. She reported herself out of love. But you wouldn't understand that.
The soul of a starry-eyed girl in the body of a little pig. Who would think? Since you're able to eat and speak at the same time, try to think too.

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jimg2000
May 31, 2017

You didn't really want to leave, did you?
-Marlene. I could never leave you.
===
I'll never learn it.
-Yes, you will.
No, I can't even remember the name of the thing.
-Stenography. It allows one to write at the speed of speech. Xenophon used it to transcribe the speeches of Socrates.
===
Yes. Since there are no children. Obviously, she was an actress. Actresses don't want children.
-Of course, yes. But how do you know all this?
Women's magazines.
-Do you maybe know any more gossip?
She had lovers. She didn't even hide it.
-Love, money, and cyanide. Eros and Thanatos, Marlene. Eros and Thanatos.
===
Get lost, Avril.
-I was on the spot. I hope that doesn't bother you.
I hate repeating myself. Leave now.
-Oh, damn. I can't. I was just employed for the movie.
As what? 14th assistant? Soup server?

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jimg2000
May 31, 2017

The Alibi (priceless looks on the actors' faces):
Well, I worked until pretty late. When I left, Swan,,, I mean, Chief Inspector Laurence, was waiting for me. I wasn't very surprised, he was making moves on me for a while. I thought he was attractive, although he's a lot older than me. He said he wanted to talk to me about Shaitana's murder. I went in his car, We drove and then Swan stopped on a rural road. I understood that he didn't really want to... talk. (Marlene was so distraught that she left the room then.) It was at night, I was in the middle of nowhere, alone with him. I felt trapped.
-Maybe you should lodge a complaint for rape, Alice?
He was so pathetic, so touching... I took pity on him. A moment of weakness... I gave in. ... Do I really have to say it all? Because you know... I mean... It... after a certain age it... It's really embarrassing. Well it didn't last very long, so... Then the chief Inspector fell asleep. Just like that. I let him sleep, poor guy.

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jimg2000
May 31, 2017

Thank God Marlene is happy again:

I'm disappointed. You're a hypocrite and you fooled me. I'm very disappointed.
-Marlene, wait! Did you really believe what I said? Laurence and I! I'd rather die. He just needed an alibi, that's all.
===
So... You want me to be a spy?
-Exactly, Marlene. Exactly. I'm sure you'll make a formidable Mata Hari. Come on. Let's see if you have a sense of observation. Close your eyes and imagine someone asks you to describe me. What would you say?
You?
-Yes, me. Close your eyes.
Um, I'd say... That you're big.
-Yes?
Very big. That everything about you is big. Especially your hands. Lovely hands with long fingers and impeccable nails. Like Cary Grant. Eyes which are a little cruel.
-Really?
But funny at the same time. English shoes, size 11. And a mouth... A mouth...

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jimg2000
May 31, 2017

Guilty! He's nice. It's always the nicest who murders.
Such a shame. It's always the pretty young lady who murders.
===
All right, what's the problem? Did you have an argument? ... What are you writing?
-I'm writing to Marie-Chantal.
Marlene... Marlene! I'm Marie-Chantal.
-No, right now you're Alice who sniffs around.
well, you know what, that suits me, I'm sick of giving advice to idiots all day long! ... Let me see. ... Ha, ha, ha. What's this? Laurence is looking for a woman to marry? You're losing your mind.
-I knew it. I'll send it to Marie-Chantal.
Seriously, do you picture him in a dating agency? He can have any woman he wants, he sweeps them off their feet. Yes, that's life. There are guys that I like too and that I can't have.
-Really?
===
What's that called?
-Shashasha.
Cha-cha-cha
-Yes, shashasha.

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jimg2000
May 31, 2017

Yes, Did you come just to ruin my evening or what?
===
Crime of passion! Dig up the corpse and follow that lead!
-Right, of course. Where do you think Limpopo river is, moron? A Marne river tributary?
Well... far away?
-Exactly, deep in the darkest jungles. Louvier...
===
Mr. Laurence. No nickname?
-Swan.
Swan!
-A friend advised me to come see you. So I don't know, it's a little embarrassing...
Come on, you're a handsome man, very elegant, gentle. Women love that. Are you divorced?
-Widowed for two years.
I'm a widow too. Any children?
-No.
Good. Children make it complicated.
-No, I shut myself away. I don't see many people.
Tell me, what kind of women would you like to meet, Swan?
-Well it's.. I don't know. It's a little embarrassing... I'd like her to be understanding, loving...
You don't care about looks?
-Yes. A lot. So maybe blonde. With feminine curves, not too young.
If I told you about women like me, for example, does that help?

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jimg2000
May 31, 2017

Close the door.
-You aren't throwing me out? You aren't angry at me anymore? Because I really am sorry.
No, Avril, we don't say "I'm sorry." We say, "Please forgive me," if need be, but obviously with you, it's always, "Me, me, me."

===
I'm a fan of your work.
-Yeah.
Your sense of analysis, your intuition ... It's remarkable.
-Nothing to kick up a huge fuss about. Love stories aren't complicated. For example, you're unhappy, you'd like women to look at you. But you overdo everything. Act more natural. What are these opera clothes? You need to fix your style. I don't know, shave that beard for instance, you look like Mephisto.
===
It's all here. Well, nearly everything.
-Yes, Marlene. I don't know how to tell you this, but I think you lack concentration.
I did dream a little. I'd like so much to be someone's gazelle.
-Yes. At any rate, the leopard's lying.

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jimg2000
Apr 20, 2017

At the restaurant:
There aren't any prices.
-The waiter made an error. He mistook you for a female of the species. In this kind of place, it's usually the man who pays the bill. It's known as chivalry. I'll have the tournedos Rossini...
It's something to stop us progressing. It's really annoying for us to be treated as helpless. Male domination won't last long. We'll stand on our own two feet... Deviled eggs, and breast fillet with mushroom sauce... Wait (looked up at Laurence) that's chicken. There's already one at the table. Relax, Laurence. You're all pale. I'll have a spatchcock poussin... Hey! With fries...
------
Do you really have to eat with your fingers?
-You're allowed to with this... No. She reported herself out of love. But you wouldn't understand that.
The soul of a starry-eyed girl in the body of a little pig. Who would think? Since you're able to eat and speak at the same time, try to think too.

j
jimg2000
Apr 20, 2017

You didn't really want to leave, did you?
-Marlene. I could never leave you.
===
I'll never learn it.
-Yes, you will.
No, I can't even remember the name of the thing.
-Stenography. It allows one to write at the speed of speech. Xenophon used it to transcribe the speeches of Socrates.
===
Yes. Since there are no children. Obviously, she was an actress. Actresses don't want children.
-Of course, yes. But how do you know all this?
Women's magazines.
-Do you maybe know any more gossip?
She had lovers. She didn't even hide it.
-Love, money, and cyanide. Eros and Thanatos, Marlene. Eros and Thanatos.
===
Get lost, Avril.
-I was on the spot. I hope that doesn't bother you.
I hate repeating myself. Leave now.
-Oh, damn. I can't. I was just employed for the movie.
As what? 14th assistant? Soup server?

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captainw
Jun 01, 2018

If anyone is looking for an entertaining dvd, this French made with English subtitles is for you.
Agatha's most famous and popular stories 'covered', but that is another mystery.
Well acted by the leads and the supporting cast, a brilliant humorous fond nod to the style and wit of the British is how I see it.

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eileenn
Jul 29, 2017

This is one of the most sexist things I have ever seen. This is NOT family viewing, all it will teach your kids is its ok for authority figures to be SEXIST BULLIES.

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jimg2000
May 31, 2017

Instead of Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple, we have a spick and spank Commissaire Samuel Labarthe as Swan Laurence, a no-nonsense widower with manicured nails. To provide laughters in between crimes, there are the ever affable red head reporter Alice Avril, played by Blandine Bellavoir and his ever faithful lovelorn statuesque blond secretary played by a Elodie Frenck. This series is as much about familiar Agatha Christie's murders as the delightful interactions among the trio of likeable characters.

Videodisc release of 6 films, ~ninety minutes each, produced for French television 2012-2014:
1. Sparkling cyanide -- Meurtre au champagne 2013
A famous movie star commits suicide during the shooting of her latest film. Alice replaces her on the set while Laurence investigates.
2. Dumb witness -- Témoin Muet 2013
Chief Insp. Laurence investigates the death of a woman who wrote the police insisting that her life was threatened.
3. Why not Martin? -- Pourquoi pas Martin? (adapted from Why Didn't They Ask Evans?) 2013
Avril hears the last words of a man who was gravely injured from a fall off a cliff.
4. Murder at the Kermesse -- Meurtre à la kermesse (adapted from Hallowe'en Party) 2014
After a gunfight, Laurence is left blind. Meanwhile a child is found drowned in a bucket of water. Laurence decides to hide his condition to investigate himself.
5. Cards on the table -- Cartes sur table 2014
Superintendent Laurence and Alice Avril are invited to a special diner, involving unsolved crimes. During the evening their host is killed ...
6. Crime does not pay -- Le crime ne paie pas (inspired by Murder on the Links) 2014
Avril goes undercover in a cabaret where a waitress was killed, and the boss kidnapped. Superintendent Laurence has to deal with an internal inspector ...

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