4 – Dr Petiot (Christian De Challonge, France, 1990)
Based on real life of Marcel Petiot. During world War 2, pretending to help Jewish families to flee from the country to get to Spain under occupied France, Dr. Petiot violently disposes of them.
Leading man, Michel Serreault, once said he liked to play under De Challonge’s direction because he was one of a few French directors with distinctive style. Taking his word, the filmmaker choose to give a surrealist Nosferatu-like- feeling to this peculiar portrait of real War-time serial killer vampirizing people trying to flee German occupation. The second part of the story, with the liberation armies entering the city, bringing along sudden resistance fighters, adds to the resulting atmosphere and overall treatment that is quite unsettling for the genre.
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