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3.1/5 AlloCine

Genre  Crime, Drama, Thriller
Language  French
7.7/10 IMDb

Director  Patrice Leconte
Music director  Michael Nyman
Country  France
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Release date  24 May 1989 (1989-05-24)
Based on  the novel Les Fiancailles de M. Hire by Georges Simenon
Writer  Georges Simenon (novel), Patrice Leconte (scenario, adaptation and dialogue), Patrick Dewolf (scenario, adaptation and dialogue)
Screenplay  Patrice Leconte, Patrick Dewolf
Cast  Michel Blanc (Monsieur Hire), Sandrine Bonnaire (Alice), Luc Thuillier (Emile), André Wilms (L'inspecteur de police), Philippe Dormoy (François), Marie Gaydu (la jeune fille)
Similar movies  Mad Max: Fury Road, Jurassic World, John Wick, Furious 7, Taken 3, Blackhat

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Monsieur Hire ([məsjø iʁ]) is a 1989 French film directed by Patrice Leconte and starring Michel Blanc in the title role and Sandrine Bonnaire as the object of Hire's affection. The film received numerous accolades as well as a glowing review from the American film critic Roger Ebert, who later added the film to his list of "Great Movies." The screenplay of the film is based on the novel Les Fiançailles de M. Hire by Georges Simenon and has original music by Michael Nyman. It is a remake of Julien Duvivier's 1947 film Panique with Michel Simon.


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The film was entered in the 1989 Cannes Film Festival. It won the award for Best Foreign Film at the 27th Guldbagge Awards.

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Sandrine bonnaire michel blanc monsieur hire de patrice leconte 1989


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Hire (originally Hirovitch) is a lonely bachelor who works as a tailor, with no human contact outside his job beyond occasional visits to a brothel and a bowling alley. Though he talks to no people, he observes them closely and in particular is struck by a young woman called Alice who moves into the building opposite and never closes her blinds. He spends his evenings secretly watching her, with more than just curiosity or lust because he has fallen in love with her.

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One evening the murdered body of a young woman is found nearby and, watching his neighbour, Hire sees her boy friend Émile, a petty criminal, trying to wash blood off his raincoat and hiding a handbag. Hire says nothing to the police, because he wants to protect Alice, but then the police start investigating him, with the inspector trying to trick and intimidate him into confessing.

While watching Alice one night from his darkened apartment, a flash of lightning reveals his staring face. Alice is at first horrified at being spied on and then is intrigued at who he can be. She engineers a meeting on the landing outside his flat, but he is too embarrassed to acknowledge her. Next evening she looks openly back at him and indicates that she is coming over. In the end he agrees to meet her at the railway station restaurant, where he declares his love for her. He says he owns a small house in Switzerland to which the two of them could flee, which would separate her from the murderer Émile, with whose crime she is complicit, and get the police off Hire's back.

He buys two train tickets, giving one to Alice, and writes a letter to the police inspector denouncing Émile. At the station Alice does not turn up, so he returns to his apartment. The inspector is there with Alice, who placed the murdered woman's handbag among Hire's things for the inspector to find. Hire makes a break for it, but falls from the roof and is killed. Only later does the inspector read the letter and find Émile's bloodstained raincoat.


  • Michel Blanc - Monsieur Hire
  • Sandrine Bonnaire - Alice
  • Luc Thuillier - Emile
  • André Wilms - Inspector
  • Reception

    Monsieur Hire was one of the last films to have been added by film critic Roger Ebert to his Great Movies section, with Ebert calling Leconte "one of the most versatile of French directors." Review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes also reports 100% approval for the film among 13 critics, with an average rating of 8.1/10.


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