Cruel

113mins2014ThrillersNR

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Thrillers
director
Eric Cherrière
starring
Jean-Jacques LelteMagali MoreauMaurice PoliHans Meyer
Pierre is a lonely 40-something living with his ill father. Intensely quiet, no one seems aware of his existence. Pierre’s only respites from his solitary existence are childhood memories of his dead mother and killing innocent strangers. When Pierre meets Laure, his murderous inclinations subside, but not for long. The tension between his tender, burgeoning romance and his homicidal urges drives Pierre to the brink.
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