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The Clockmaker of St. Paul (L'horloger de Saint-Paul) (1974)




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French film critic Bertrand Tavernier made his directorial debut in The Clockmaker. The title character, played by Tavernier's "alter ego" Philipe Noiret, is benumbed by the nihilistic activities of his son Sylvain Rougerie. Arrested on charges ranging from arson to murder, Rougerie offers the standard-issue explanation: the establishment is full of pigs who deserve to be "offed". Noiret must ask himself if his son's behavior is the result of stifling under the bourgeois lifestyle that Noiret has always championed. The Clockmaker is based on the Georges Simenon story L'Horlonger de Saint-Paul, which was also the French title of this film. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Philippe Noiret
as Descombes
Jean Rochefort
as Commissioner Guiboud
Yves Alfonso
as Inspector Bricard
Monique Chaumette
as Mrs. Torrini
Paul Mercey
as Mr. Torrini
Clotilde Joano
as Janine Boitard
Andree Tainsy
as Madeleine
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Critic Reviews for The Clockmaker of St. Paul (L'horloger de Saint-Paul)

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

It's not about the killer, but about the killer's father. And it presents him so eloquently that it becomes one of the year's best films.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

The film sketches a panorama that is both profound and warm of life in the provinces today. [Full Review in Spanish]

July 30, 2019 | Full Review…

Post-'68 France as 'a curious country' of befuddled fathers and obscured revolutionaries

June 15, 2010 | Full Review…

Strong, serious crime thriller that asks questions

July 27, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

Philippe Noiret is marvelous in this role...

September 4, 2001 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Clockmaker of St. Paul (L'horloger de Saint-Paul)


[font=Century Gothic]In "The Clockmaker", Michel Descombes(Philippe Noiret) is a widowed clockmaker living in Lyons. One morning he is informed by Inspector Guilboud(Jean Rochefort) that his grown son, Bernard, is suspected along with a woman named Liliane of killing a factory owner, Razon, the previous night. They are now the subjects of an intense manhunt. Meanwhile, Descombes has little idea as to why his son would commit this act and can only hope that his son is not killed by the police. At the behest of a journalist, he broadcasts a radio appeal to his son to turn himself in.[/font] [font=Century Gothic]"The Clockmaker" is a straightforward and simple story, told mostly from the father's point of view, thus highlighting the difference in generations. The movie is about the effect of crime on family members and other people on the periphery. It also serves as an early critique of media manipulation. All of which is held together by a quietly powerful performance by Philippe Noiret.[/font]

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