A film by Claude Chabrol

Cast : Philippe Noiret, Robin Renucci, Bernadette Lafont

1987 / drama. thriller / France / original title : MASKS / 100’ / Color / status : completed / French / long feature-film / French catalog

Christian Legagneur is a very popular TV Show announcer and producer. He invites the journalist Roland Wolf to spend a few days in his country house, in order to write his biography. There, Christian lives with his god daughter Catherine, who used to be the best friend of Madeleine, Roland’s missing sister. Roland discreetly investigates, finding out that Catherine suffers from a strange disease. He soon unmasks Legagneur, who tries to kill Catherine to recover her fortune. His ultimate show will be given live, as he admits his crime on TV, and mentions his contempt for his so supportive public.



““Masques” is something practically unheard of in the vast Chabrol filmography: a thriller that satisfies the audience’s expectations of a thriller, even including the childlike hope that good will be rewarded and evil punished.”

The New York Times

“Tonally, Masques rests about on the level of a darkly comic TV mystery—more Alfred Hitchcock Presents than Alfred Hitchcock—but Noiret elevates the material with his swaggering performance.”

AV Club

“The perfect balance between sweet and spicy, satire and feelings. Refreshing!”

Le Monde