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In the little plastic bag of stories that cinema loves to repackage, law enforcement tales are among the most-gnawed.(Its French title is "Our Father who art in Heaven," with "Pere" (Father) written Paire (pair)).Returning to his meal, Mons utters a sneering "Blasphemy!" As the village gendarmerie has little experience solving murders, the eponymous Inspecteur Jean Lavardin (Jean Poiret) is called in. Arriving at the deceased's home, he is surprised to find that Mons' widow Helene is an old flame of his. In another type of law-enforcement story, an investigating officer who shares a sexual history with an aggrieved widow might find reason to withdraw from the case. Another is that so few members of Mons' family appear to be grieving his death.Over supper one evening, the inspector inquires into Helene's complex marriage history.Curiously Uncle Claude's wife, Jeanne, was sailing with Manguin that day, so both Mons' future wife and brother-in-law were widowed simultaneously.While Helene mourns, Claude is jovial about his loss, observing that since Jeanne died, he's emerged from the closet as "the gay widower".
The art that springs from dust
Wael Shawky’s art of translation
A pleasant cinematic surprise
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