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A line-up of top European stars power Claude Chabrol's The Color Lies

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A cast of leading European stars powers the tense drama The Color of Lies (Cohen Film Collection), an intense, psychologically charged crime mystery from master filmmaker Claude Chabrol. The digitally remastered film makes its U.S. Blu-ray debut on May 20, 2014, from the Cohen Film Collection.
The gripping 1999 crime drama/mystery is among the finest later films of Chabrol, whose prolific career ranged from the start of the New Wave until his death in 2010 and includes such classics as Les Cousins, Les Biches, La Femme Infidèle, The Flower of Evil and La Cérémonie. As in many of his suspenseful films, here he once again uses a murder mystery to expose the underlying tensions and deceptions of a close-knit community.
A 10-year-old girl's violated body is found in the woods of a Brittany fishing village. Suspicion immediately falls on René (played by Jacques Gamblin), a painter and the girl's art teacher; he is apparently the last person to have seen her alive. The inspector in charge of the investigation (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi).
In this provincial town where the residents all know each other, René becomes increasingly unsettled by his neighbors' suspicions and by the inspector's investigation. Children stop coming to him for lessons. His beloved wife, Vivianne (Sandrine Bonnaire, a nurse, protects and supports him, but is tempted by the advances of an arrogant local TV personality (Antoine de Caunes).
True to form, Chabrol is less interested in whodunit mechanics than in dissecting a culture of lies - from advertising to adultery---that permeates modern society. Also starring in this unforgettable film are Bernard Verley, Pierre Martot and Bulle Ogier.In addition to the digitally remastered feature, the Blu-ray and DVD of The Color of Lies both DVD and Blu-ray contain many extras including running joint commentary by critics Wade Major and Andy Klein.

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