Cherchet la femme: 15 French detective films

The British are considered the progenitors of films in the detective genre, but filmmakers on the other side of the English Channel have something to surprise their competitors. The word intrigue means “to confuse” – this skill cannot be taken away from the French, who compose witty crime stories with interesting and sometimes shocking outcomes. See for yourself how lovers of frog legs can spin the intrigue by watching French detective films from our selection.

Translators (2019)

The basis of the plot of the 2019 detective movie novelty was the real story of 12 translators locked up in a special bunker in Italy to work on the translation of Dan Brown’s book. In film history, the director of a publishing house hires 9 specialists. He is afraid of a data leak, so he rents a castle in France, where the translators will have to stay until the end of work without phones and Internet access. However, after some time, an unknown hacker puts the first pages of the book online.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Les traducteurs

Actors:
Lambert Wilson, Olga Kurylenko, Riccardo Scamarchio…

Country:
France, Belgium

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Beast Magic (2019)

Film in the detective genre produced in France based on the bestseller Colin Neal. Non-linear narration is conducted on behalf of different people. A farm couple – each with their own secrets and betrayals . A black African youth is a scammer from the Internet. A sullen hermit farmer with mental trauma . A blond waitress from Venice, abandoned by a victim. And finally, the victim herself – a wealthy Parisian Evelyn. All these people were involved in the games of fate in the most incredible way.

Original title:
Seules les bêtes

Actors:
Denis Menoche, Laure Calami, Damien Bonnard…

Country:
France, Germany

Rating :
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
18+


Black Stripe (2017)

The dark detective film introduces the viewer to the French outback and the detective Francois Visconti, played by Vincent Cassel. The battered police commissioner leads a reckless lifestyle – he smokes, drinks, rowdy and rents prostitutes. It is Francois who will have to investigate a strange case – the disappearance of 16-year-old Denis Arno. After talking with the young man’s entourage, the commissioner comes to the conclusion that everyone has a motive for the murder.

Original title:
Fleuve noir

Actors:
Vincent Cassel, Romain Duris, Sandrine Kiberlen…

Country:
France, Belgium

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
18+


Unknown (2016)

Fans of detective stories should watch the new minimalist French film from the Dardenne brothers. Doctor Jenny has a private practice in a large medical center. One tragic incident changes the girl’s carefree life. Jenny did not open the door to a woman who came at a non-reception time, and the next day she was found dead. In order to somehow remove the burden of guilt, she takes on the role of a private detective and begins her own investigation.

original name :
La fille inconnue

Actors :
Adele Enel, Olivier Bonnot, Jeremy Renier…

Country:
Belgium, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
18+


21 nights with Patty (2015)

Another French detective of recent years about old family secrets. A middle-aged woman, Caroline, arrives in a village in the south of France to bury her mother, whom she did not know very well. While the woman is preparing for the funeral, she gets to know the locals. Outgoing gossip Patti knows about everything that happens in the village, and is happy to share information with a new person. Thanks to this communication, Carolina recognizes her mother from a completely different side.

original title :
Vingt et une nuits avec Pattie

Actors:
Isabelle Carré, Karin Viar, Andre Dussolier …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.2


Miserere (2013)

The modern French detective, according to critics, was the failure of the star director Sylvain White, but managed to gain fans among the audience thanks to the original plot with an unexpected denouement. . A retired police officer, Kasdan is friends with a priest and attends church regularly. When the corpse of the conductor of the orchestra is found in the parish, the detective cannot pass by. However, the case turns out to be much more complicated than it seems, and only the first link in a series of intricate crimes.

Original title:
La marque des anges – Miserere

Actors:
Gerard Depardieu, Joey Starr, Rüdiger Vogler …

Country:
France, Belgium, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
16+


The strange color of your body’s tears (2013)

Dan Christensen returns home from a business trip to find his wife missing. Moreover, the apartment is locked from the inside, and there are no signs that she could leave or was abducted. The man goes to the police, but the search does not bring results. Then he himself begins to explore the apartment building – the place of their family nest. Dan learns that the layout of the house used to be different, and secret passages and labyrinths are hidden in its walls. It is in them, perhaps, that the answer to the disappearance of his wife is hidden.

Original title:
L’étrange couleur des larmes de ton corps

Actors:
Klaus Tange, Ursula Bedena, Joe Koener…

Country:
Belgium, France, Luxembourg

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.0

Age restrictions:
18+


Murders in Saint-Malo (2013)

The list of the best French detectives in France is complemented by a thriller built according to all the canons of the genre – with a mysterious crime, puzzles and investigation. Saint Malo is world famous for its high tide, high tide, pirates and stories of hidden treasures. It is there that the body of a man is found buried up to his neck in the sand. Torture marks indicate that the murder may have something to do with 17th-century corsairs. The crime could have remained unsolved if a young ambitious woman with a huge store of knowledge in history had not been appointed to the investigation.

Original title:
Meurtres à Saint-Malo

Actors:
Bruno Solo, Louise Monod, Swann Arlo …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Jokes aside (2012)

A comedy film from the top French detectives about two completely different people forced to work in tandem. Osman is a rude policeman from poor neighborhoods. François is an ambitious detective from the capital. Two men will have to investigate the murder of the wife of the head of the union of French entrepreneurs. Detectives will visit the elite establishments and the poorest neighborhoods of the suburbs of Paris in the course of the investigation.

Original title:
De l’autre côté du périph

Actors:
Omar Sy, Laurent Lafitte, Sabrina Ouazani…

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 5.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Pupupidu (2011)

Among the best French detectives, a crime comedy stands out , which is to some extent intertwined with the life story of Marilyn Monroe. The famous writer David Russo meets the pretty blonde Candice. The girl has no doubt that in a past life she was Marilyn Monroe. The second meeting of the heroes turns out to be tragic – Kandis is found dead. The police conclude that the girl committed suicide. However, David is sure that Candice could not commit to die voluntarily.

Original title:
Poupoupidou

Actors:
Jean-Paul Rouve, Sophie Quinton, Guillaume Gui …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Love Crime (2010)

The heroine of the detective film Christine is the head of a large corporation. She goes ahead, ignoring the feelings of other people. Isabelle is a talented assistant to a powerful woman who uses her subordinate for her own selfish purposes. One day, she sends her lover Philip to Isabelle to finally humiliate the girl. However, Kristen miscalculated, thinking that this time she could get away with it. Isabelle is already preparing a plan for revenge .

Original title:
Crime d’amour

Actors:
Ludivine Sagnier, Kristin Scott Thomas, Patrick Millet …

Country:
France, Mexico, Lebanon

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Simon Werner Disappeared… (2010)

A dramatic detective film is an unusual film about a college in France and the disappearances of students. In 1992, in the suburbs of Paris, a group of guys find the body of a man in the bushes. A few days later, Simon Werner disappears, and traces of blood are found in the class where the young man studied. Simon’s friends are trying to figure out if this is a suicide, a kidnapping , or a simple escape. Then several more teenagers who have nothing to do with Simon go missing.

Original title:
Simon Werner a disparu…

Actors:
Jules Pelissier, Ana Girardot, Audrey Bastien…

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Weekend (2010)

A peculiar comedy of the absurd in a detective manner tells about the weekend of one man. Michel and his wife decided to spend the weekend outside the city to build relationships. In a suburban hotel, they find themselves with an impostor artist , a depressed man, young lovers, and other guests. In the morning after the turbulent events of the night, a man discovers that his wife is missing, and he himself is suspected of murder.

Original title:
Holiday

Actors:
Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Judith Godresh, Josiane Balasko …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.3, IMDb – 5.6


Big Alibi (2008)

Among detectives from France, there is a film, although not with a very high rating, but marked by the audience as a classic chamber story in the style of Agatha Christie in a French way. At a luxurious villa in the suburbs of Paris, guests gather – psychoanalyst Pierre and his wife, his mistress, a senator with his wife, a drinking writer and several other girls. The next morning, Pierre’s body is discovered in the pool. Suspicion falls on all the guests of the villa.

Original title:
Le grand alibi

Actors:
Miu-Miou, Lambert Wilson, Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi…

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 5.4

Age restrictions:
12+


Cortex (2008)

Charles Boyer is a retired Distinguished Police Commissioner. Having retired, the man does not suspect that he will soon be overcome by an illness in the form of Alzheimer’s disease, and he will end up in a psychiatric hospital . But even such a serious diagnosis will not deprive Charles of his professional flair and the qualities of a real bloodhound. In the hospital where Charles is being treated, people are dying, and the detective is sure that someone is helping them with this.

Original title:
Cortex

Actors:
Andre Dussolier, Martha Keller, Julien Boisselier …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
12+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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