Monday, January 13, 2020
Knowing whodunit from practically the start is an interesting way to enjoy a convoluted mystery, much of which has to do with Marta's skin-of-her-teeth escapes from being detected while, ironically, serving as Benoit's girl Friday during his investigation. Of course there's a fiendish twist, but being of a suspicious mind, I kind of saw it coming. Nevertheless, it was satisfying to see it unravel – satisfying in a viciously funny, this-family-is-so-awful-you-can't-look-away way. Everybody has a motive; everybody has an opportunity; and the most obviously guilty party is also the only person in the frame you can sympathize with, except perhaps the remarkably perspective sleuth.
Three Scenes That Made It For Me: (1) The initial interrogation of each member of the family, separately, during which Blanc gradually moves out of the background and starts prying pieces loose from their wall of silence and denial. I particularly liked his little tic of playing the highest key on the piano, seemingly just to break the interviewee's train of thought. (2) The climactic instance of the heroine's ridiculous (but convenient) habit of puking whenever she lies. (3) The "stupidest car chase" which also culminates in the final misunderstanding, from Marta's point of view, before all the puzzle pieces fall into place.