Inspecteur Lavardin

Inspecteur Lavardin

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 dates
  • 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

Actor Role
Jean Poiret Inspecteur Jean Lavardin
Jean-Claude Brialy Claude Alvarez
Bernadette Lafont Hélène Mons
Jean-Luc BideauMax Charnet
Jacques DacqmineRaoul Mons
Hermine ClairVéronique Manguin
Pierre-François DumeniaudMarcel 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

From Caryn James of The New York Times:

In the long, healthy career of Claude Chabrol, from his New Wave classic The Cousins through his sumptuous Madame Bovary, which opened yesterday, Inspector Lavardin is a trifle. But this lighthearted detective movie shows that trifling entertainments do not have to be hack work. This wily film has first-rate appeal and plays into some cherished stereotypes about the French: it is blase, stylish, filled with effortless charm... [T[here is nothing self-conscious about this cleverly sophisticated but straightforward use of the detective genre. Perhaps that is why, when the murderer is revealed, the episode is too Hitchcockian for its own good. It would take a lot more irony or homage to pull this off.[4]

From Fred Camper of The Chicago Reader:

There are also some wonderfully characteristic images—the widow first appears behind glass, her face rendered at once more vivid and more distant, and an overhead shot of the murder scene lays out the geography while distancing us from the characters—but such moments are too few, and often Chabrol seems to be going through the motions.[5]


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


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