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Goupi Mains Rouges (1945) Jacques Becker; Fernand Ledoux
Goupi Mains Rouges (1945) Jacques Becker; Fernand Ledoux


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In French with English subtitles.

Originally screened in France as Goupi Mains Rouges, It Happened at the Inn is a quirky little melodrama with the faintest tinges of incest in its makeup. The story takes place in a tiny French village, where everyone seems to be related to everyone else. When a murder occurs at the inn, all the nasty little family secrets come trotting out before the suspects, the law, and the casual bystanders (though there aren't many of those). Oddly, the film is more comic than suspenseful, much like the original Pierre Very novel. While It Happened at the Inn made little impact outside France, the film's domestic returns did wonders for the revitalized career of Jacques Becker, who helmed the picture in 1943 after a year's servitude as a German POW.

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5 of 5 Among Becker's Finest October 13, 2014
Reviewer: F. Hounder Clay from Reynoldsburg, OH United States  
This is an incredible story. It might seem complicated under the direction of anyone else, but Becker handles it with collected authority. It is full of pleasant ironies and clever unexpected doings. Top notch cast to boot. A seriously humorous film directed by a master.

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