Monsieur Hire (1989)

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Avg Rating: 4.3 / 5. Voted: 38

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Directed by: Patrice Leconte
Starring: Michel Blanc (Hire), Sandrine Bonnaire (Alice), Luc Thuillier (Emile)
Country: France
Language: French (English Subtitles)
Runtime: 01:19:17
Genres: Mystery, Voyeur

Plot – Spoilers:
A lonely tailor Monsieur Hire goes to work everyday through a hail of barbs and dirty looks from his neighbors. Even the children, except for one little girl, bully him for no particular reason other than that he looks creepy. Despite this daily life, Hire maintains an exterior of impeccable elegance and demeanor and breaks down only while he’s alone or at a brothel. He earns money on the side showing off his skills at a bowling alley but is also resigned to the reality that the applause and cheers he receives from the young people there will not translate into any real-life relationship.

But Hire is not all tragic story. A woman has been found murdered near where he lives and the detective is convinced that Hire matches eyewitness descriptions of the suspected killer. Hire also has a voyeuristic fascination for a young woman who lives in the apartment block across, and watches her from his darkened room every night, while playing the same sad record as a background score to his elusive desires.

Massive – Spoilers:
By the end of the film, the question remains – is Hire the victimized one as he’d like us to believe? Probably not. He could well have been poisoning pigeons like the old lady in his story narrated to a prostitute. Also the manner in which he disposed of his collection of mice by the railway tracks…

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Dee
Dee
April 4, 2021 6:25 am

Brilliant! Best movie I’ve seen in months

leylo
leylo
Reply to  Dee
September 15, 2021 1:16 pm

Agreed ! people zho keep on complaining nothing happens in French movies or they’re too “slow” is because French cinema is too deep for them.

KevC
KevC
April 4, 2021 8:49 am

Sandrine Bonnaire is one of the most beautiful actresses ever, I felt more than a little sorry for Monsieur Hire he was definitely set up by Alice

fred fat
fred fat
April 4, 2021 9:26 pm

can u imagine a british or an american director trying to capture the feel of this film – only the french can do a film like this

KevC
KevC
April 5, 2021 8:07 am

What was going on with the tattoo scene nothing came of it?

big drip
big drip
Reply to  KevC
April 5, 2021 2:36 pm

yeah, I actually started laughing because the tattoo scene felt so random and out place

What
What
Reply to  KevC
April 5, 2021 4:13 pm

What can I say except: this is a French film. Having seen hundreds of French films (total waste of time probably), I feel I’m in a place to say that most of the time nothing really means anything, nothing really goes anywhere. Of course, you have the odd exception and I would say this movie is very eventful compared to some of the dull crap I’ve seen. But generally don’t expect too much of a plotline or structure from French cinema. Nothing has to make sense in these films.

Or perhaps I just have really bad taste in movies and only watch the ones that are dull and have no structure.

KevC
KevC
Reply to  What
April 9, 2021 9:12 am

I did wonder if there was more to it but edited out but you’re probably right

big drip
big drip
April 5, 2021 2:35 pm

Brilliant acting, brilliant story and a very good twist in the end. However, I wonder what the tattoo scene was supposed to mean..
Admin, If you read this, it would be greatly appreciated (by many visitors of this website I suppose) if we could donate a little money for your great work in providing us these movies!

sumguy
sumguy
April 6, 2021 9:06 pm

this was a great film. How is that French Cinema captures raw emotion and viewer feels so much sensuality and sexuality? American cinema never even comes close to the feeling I get when watching French cinema. As someone already pointed out that most french films tend to never really go anywhere as far as plot is concerned but this film did. I can name some French films like Desire, Blue is the Warmest Color, Sex and Lucia, Love, Secret Things, Bilitis to name a few that made me feel some type of way you dont get from other countries. Thanks EUM

Dr Lecter
Dr Lecter
April 10, 2021 6:53 am

What a wonderful film!! An absolute sleeper! Let me say it again… and so not to trigger the NPC who failed to detect the sarcasm last time I made this comment… I am being sarcastic here…. but it’s nice to see there is intelligent life outside the good ol’ U.S. of muther-fuckin’ A.

See, most of the Hollywood creatures here in the states are insufferable, egotistical nobodies who have forgotten a long time ago that they only exist for our amusement. They are modern day court jesters… nothing more… and they need to be reminded of it. I don’t have a bit of use for most of them… and I’m certainly not going to support them. I “cut the cord” years ago, so I don’t watch TV. I don’t go to the movies. I do, however, stream all kinds of free shit on the interwebz.

See, it pleases me a great deal to see a film of this caliber coming out of a country these Hollywood mega-brats disregard as insignificant…. and Yet they’re about to release the 24th version of Spiderman – who is now a gay black transexual.

Viva la France!!

And cheers to you, admin. Please… accept this wonderful sweetbreads recipe as a small token of my appreciation.

NoneSoMuch
NoneSoMuch
Reply to  Dr Lecter
April 11, 2021 8:30 am

You sound like an insufferable tween.

Dr Lecter
Dr Lecter
Reply to  NoneSoMuch
April 11, 2021 5:40 pm

Alec Baldwin? Is that you?

And you sound like an moronic little cunt who needs to go back to school and leave the adults to talk.

Chloe
Chloe
Reply to  Dr Lecter
April 12, 2021 12:31 am

Agreed. I lost even a slither of hope for Hollywood ages ago.

Lotty Da
Lotty Da
September 16, 2021 5:12 am

Wow such a beautiful and subtle (very subtle) film. Loved the ending. Thanks Effedup for being not only about the buts and guts. You’re the best… interesting, option 1 kept stopping midway thru no matter what I did. never had any problem before. thank God you have an alternative, it would have killed me to not see the ending…

Old Mother Hubbard
Old Mother Hubbard
November 22, 2021 9:44 pm

I can’t understand the high praise this movie gets. 2 out of 5. Weak script, weak acting, way boring and way too long. It was like a movie version of a corny Harlequin romance novel. If you want to see a really bizarre movie about a tailor, watch 1999’s “Kill by Inches.” I wasn’t crazy about this one but I still love you madly EUM.

Cletis Curbfeelers
Cletis Curbfeelers
February 17, 2022 12:07 pm

I was enjoying it, but then about three-quarters of the way through the movie, it stopped playing and said the goddamned file was corrupted. I don’t know if it was a problem with my Mac settings, my ISP, or what the hell.

Lizzy
Lizzy
March 27, 2022 9:53 pm

Enfin, j’ai terminé de regarder ce film !!
Bien qu’il était long, ce n’était pas un mauvais film. Il n’y a pas tellement (voir pas du tout) de gore ou de violence, mais je trouve que le jeu des acteurs et l’ambience générale sont de bon substitut. :^7
Je me sens tellement mal et désolée pour Mr. Hire ! Pauvre homme !

Bon film, sinon ! (+bonus parce qu’ il y a André Wilms lol)