Dir. André Téchiné, 1976, 110 min, DCP
With Isabelle Adjani, Gérard Depardieu, and Marie-France Pisier
In French with English subtitles
In this hypnotically stylish thriller, Adjani plays a young woman who discovers her boyfriend’s murderer is his double—and embarks on a relationship with him. Set in a ghostlike, nameless European port (but shot in Amsterdam), this cinemascope spectacle is both glitzy and gritty, a dive into a film noir demimonde of prostitutes and crooked politicians in which Adjani stands out as an expressionist diva.
In the lead roles, Adjani’s otherworldly grace contrasts with Gérard Depardieu’s wounded earthiness, but both actors display a magnetic vulnerability that would shape European film acting of the era.
Won three César Awards in 1977 for Best Supporting Actress, Cinematography, and Music.
“Brazenly moody and cynical, Barocco is Téchiné’s strange, red-light-district reimagining of Vertigo, which illuminates his fascination with dangerous pairings whose time together resembles purgatory.” – Senses of Cinema