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The Sleeping Car Murders

Dir: Costa-Gavras
Cast: Michel Piccoli, Simone Signoret, Jacques Perrin, Catherine Allegret, Jean-Louis Trintignant
135mins   1965   France   15   French    Subtitled   

Part of the French Film Festival

This first feature by Franco-Greek director Costa-Gavras was adapted from a novel by Sébastien Japrisot and is a humorous, visually punchy take on the murder mystery. Six people share a sleeping compartment on a Paris-bound train. After they arrive, one of them is found strangled, and before long, the killer starts bumping off the remaining passengers. Yves Montand is superb as a harried police inspector coming down with the flu, who doggedly follows up every lead. Red herrings abound and the twists and thrills are masterfully executed with a dream cast including the late, great Michel Piccoli who died earlier this year.

'Gripping and mysterious thriller … seat-edge suspense' - France Today