A film by Bob Decout
Fred (Philippe Léotard) is an actor without success. He is a player and a rogue but he is also a failure at everything, most of all at life itself. Never more so than since his young girlfriend BB (Juliette Binoche) finally broke with him for good, fed up with his constant let downs.
Fred is a gambler and has lost at all turns. He is now deep in debt. The only way to clear his dues is to take on a contract to kill a man. Detached from life Fred decides to do it and then disappear. Poupée (Amidou) sets it up and Fred is to carry out the hit in a theatre. But memories of BB and the arrival of Colette (Annie Girardot), a new woman in his life, complicate matters. She has a sad past and wants nothing more than to have a tranquil life with Fred, but events are in motion and options are running out for Fred.
Fred finds himself, gun in hand, in the theatre ready to shoot. Can he carry out the hit?
Adieu blaireau (Farewell to Fred) is a quintessential 80s ‘policier’ drenched in neon hues and set to an electronic jazz score. It premièred at the 1985 Cognac Festival du Film Policier and was Bob Decout’s debut film giving Juliette Binoche, in the supporting role of B.B., an opportunity to work with veterans Annie Girardot and Philippe Leotard.
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