Jacques Deray and Alain Delon made a lot of movies together,most of them enjoyed huge commercial success ("la piscine" "borsalino").Their two final efforts (Deray passed away some years back)were failures and it's perhaps too bad because they show more ambition and more originality than the previous works."Un crime" (1993) is by far the best of the two.Delon seemed strained,almost jaded ,no longer the winner he used to be formerly.
"L'ours en peluche" is less satisfying,because the supporting cast is nonexistent ;only one great actress ,Madeleine Robinson,is featured,but her part does not exceed two minutes.Adapted from Simenon ,it repeats the subject which Gilles Grangier treated in the fifties ("le sang à la tête",circa 1956 ,also a Simenon novel,with Jean Gabin;strange how Delon's last roles resemble Gabin's last ones):the man who made his way of life ,the wealthy gynecologist ,who ,one day receives death threats.Then he takes a good look at his life and begins to realize that his life was such a selfish one.
SPOILER:the ending may infuriate the audience but it is a faux happy end:too many people -the bistro's owner for instance- know the truth and the hero won't escape his fate ,even if it's a self-defense case.
Deray's last two movies show an unexpected side of this director :the mysterious house where a young man hides skeletons in his closet in "un crime",the sad suburban landscapes in the north of France .After this double failure,he gave up cinema and worked for TV during his last years.
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