Under Suspicion (1981, France)

Original title: Garde à vue

family secretspolice investigationpsychological thrillerserial killer

Running time: 85 minutes

Language: French

Jerome Martinaud, a wealthy, influential lawyer is suspect in child murder case - he was present near the first crime scene and he found the body of second victim. The police inspector Gallien asks him to come down to the station and answer some more questions. Martinaud is reluctant, especially since it is New Year’s Eve, but again he starts to answer the same question he was asked several times before. Soon the polite conversation changes into thorough interrogation and with each minute Martinaud is losing ground.

Movie based on the John Wainwright novel "Brainwash" (just like later American version) and is tensed character drama between investigators and their prime suspect. Contrary to American version this is kept in much more claustrophobic style and has the more powerful ending.

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Our rating

8 / 10

Movie value

8 / 10

Realism factor

4 / 5

Adventure factor

2 / 5

Story complexity

4 / 5


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Creators of Under Suspicion

Claude Miller films

Claude Miller


John Wainwright films


Claude Miller films


Jean Herman films


Michel Audiard films


Cast of Under Suspicion

Lino Ventura films

Lino Ventura

as Inspector Gallien

Michel Serrault films

Michel Serrault

as Jerome Martinaud

Romy Schneider films

Romy Schneider

as Chantal Martinaud

Guy Marchand films

Guy Marchand

as Inspector Belmont