Death In a French Garden
Michel Deville’s sleek drama of eroticism and murder was released in 1985 in France to great acclaim. It has all the ingredients required for an intriguing thriller: sex, dishonesty, voyeurism, murder and a stunning cast. A rich businessman (Michel Picolli) and his young wife, Julia (Nicole Garcia) hire David (Christopher Malavoy) to teach guitar to their teenage daughter Vivianne (Anais Jeanneret). Julia quickly seduces David, and they begin a steamy affair, which unbeknownst to them is being filmed by the next door neighbour (Anemone), whom David has befriended.
When an unknown assailant attacks David, he realizes that he’s becoming involved in a web of intrigue that runs deep. An elaborate manipulation plays out, with murder, kidnapping, suicide, a payoff, videos and a surprise pairing. The shadowy characters and the dark sensual backdrops make this a thrilling provocative film.