Inspecteur Lavardin

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Inspecteur Lavardin
Inspecteur Lavardin.jpg
DVD cover
Directed by Claude Chabrol
Produced by Marin Karmitz
Written by Claude Chabrol
Dominique Roulet
Starring Jean Poiret
Jean-Claude Brialy
Music by Matthieu Chabrol
Cinematography Jean Rabier
Edited by Monique Fardoulis
CAB Productions
Films A2
MK2 Productions
Télévision Suisse-Romande (TSR)
Release date
  • 12 March 1986 (1986-03-12)
Running time
100 min.
Country France
Language French
Box office $5.3 million[1]

Inspecteur Lavardin is a 1986 film co-written and directed by Claude Chabrol. It is the sequel to his 1984 film Cop au vin.


The titular inspector travels to a small coastal town to investigate the puzzling death of a devout and wealthy Roman Catholic writer who is found murdered on a beach with the word pig written on his back. When Inspector Lavardin arrives to investigate, he discovers that the widow, Helene, is an old flame he hasn't seen in 20 years. In the course of his probings, Lavardin inadvertently uncovers several metaphorical skeletons in the closet.

Principal cast[edit]

Actor Role
Jean Poiret Inspecteur Jean Lavardin
Jean-Claude Brialy Claude Alvarez
Bernadette Lafont Hélène Mons
Jean-Luc Bideau Max Charnet
Jacques Dacqmine Raoul Mons
Hermine Clair Véronique Manguin
Pierre-François Dumeniaud Marcel Vigoroux


External shots were filmed in Dinard and Dinan.[2] The film was co-written by Claude Chabrol (the writer behind Cop Au Vin) and Dominique Roulet.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

From Caryn James of The New York Times:

From Fred Camper of The Chicago Reader:


The film can be found to buy on DVD on sites such as[6]


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  2. ^ "Inspecteur Lavardin". Retrieved 2015-12-15. 
  3. ^ "Inspecteur Lavardin". Rotten Tomatoes. 
  4. ^ James, Caryn (1991-12-26). "Movie Review - Inspector Lavardin - Review/Film; On Buffing and Polishing Even the Stereotypes -". Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  5. ^ Camper, Fred. "Inspecteur Lavardin". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  6. ^ "Inspecteur Lavardin: Jean Poiret, Jean-Claude Brialy, Bernadette Lafont: Movies & TV". Retrieved 2011-10-31. 

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