North American premiere
Selection 2022


Directed by Patrice Leconte

Hosted by Director Patrice Leconte



Patrice Leconte


Patrice Leconte, Jérôme Tonnerre


Gérard Depardieu, Jade Labeste, Mélanie Bernier, Aurore Clément



France 2022 88 mins OV French Subtitles : English
Genre Thriller

Paris, early 1950s: A young woman rents an expensive dress, one well beyond what she can afford, to attend an exclusive engagement party. She turns up dead later that same evening, stabbed several times in that very same dress, on Place Vintimille. To the police, her identity is a mystery—she has no identification, no one to claim her body—but with detective Jules Maigret (Gérard Depardieu) on the case, it won't be a mystery for much longer. As the sad details of the victim's life and death come into focus, the veteran detective, assisted by a young runaway (Jade Labeste), will learn that no matter how much he's seen over the years, the lengths that people go to commit murder will always surprise him.

The long-awaited pairing of two French cinema greats, Depardieu and writer/director Patrice Leconte, on a new adaptation of Georges Simenon's classic French detective (adapted from 1954's Maigret et la jeune morte) is a cause for celebration not merely for fans of French cinema or great detective novels, but for film lovers everywhere. The two are expertly paired with the material, with Depardieu an ideal Maigret, a role that especially suits him in his older age, and the intricacies of the investigation of the murdered girl's life treated delicately by Leconte, making the mystery more about the tragic fate of a lost girl than a salacious murder mystery. MAIGRET is still a compelling and most satisfying old-fashioned mystery, but with Leconte and Depardieu overseeing the investigation, the depths it goes to unravel whodunnit, and why, linger with the viewer long after the murder is solved. – Matthew Kiernan