ON THE RAIN (LE PASSAGER DE LA PLUIE)
(director: René Clément;
cinematographer: Andreas Winding; editor: Françoise
Javet; music: Francis Lai; cast: Charles
Bronson (Col. Harry Dobbs), Jill Ireland
(Nicole), Marlene Jobert (Melancholia, éllie),
Annie Cordy (Juliette), Jean Gaven (Inspector Toussaint),
Marc Mazza (The Stranger), Jean Piat (M. Armand),
Gabrielle Tinti (Tony Mau), Ellen Bahl (Madeline Legauff), Marika
Green (Hostess at Tania's); Runtime: 115;
MPAA Rating: PG-13; producer: Serge Silberman; Avco
Embassy; 1970-France/Italy--in English)
|"Spellbinding Hitchcock-type of
psychological murder thriller."
by Dennis Schwartz
("Purple Noon"/"Forbidden Games"/"Is Paris
Burning") directs this spellbinding Hitchcock-type of
psychological murder thriller. It's written by Lorenzo Ventavoli and Sébastien Japrisot.
Jobert) is being followed in the rain
by a stranger in a deserted off-season South of
France seaside town. Her jealous macho airline
navigator husband (Gabrielle
Tinti ) is back home in his native
Italy. It results in the stranger raping Méllie.
After the attack she discovers the rapist hiding
in her basement and kills him with her shotgun and
gets rid of the corpse by dumping it in the ocean.
The next day at a wedding, the gruff US Army
colonel Harry Dobbs (Charles Bronson), an
enigmatic figure, appears and mentions he's
searching for an escaped serial rapist from a
military stockade in Germany. Though he suspects
she was raped, even as she remains silent. It
seems the rapist was carrying wads of American
money, which he believes she stole.
Later when the
dead body washes ashore, it brings about further
complications that draws Dobbs even closer to the
vulnerable sad victim.
Rider in the
Rain, a popular film in France, won the Golden
Globe for Best Foreign Film.
REVIEWED ON 2/8/2015 GRADE: B+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
© ALL RIGHTS RESERVED DENNIS SCHWARTZ