Death in A French Garden
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Death in A French Garden

Death in a French Garden
Péril en la demeure.jpg
Film poster
Directed byMichel Deville
Produced byEmmanuel Schlumberger
Written byMichel Deville
René Belletto
Rosalinde Deville
CinematographyMartial Thury
Edited byRaymonde Guyot
Distributed byGaumont
Release date
  • February 1985 (1985-02)
Running time
100 minutes

Death in a French Garden (French: Péril en la demeure) is a 1985 French drama film directed by Michel Deville. It was entered into the 35th Berlin International Film Festival.[1]


David Aurphet, a struggling guitar teacher, is invited to give lessons to Viviane Tombsthay, the daughter of a well-to-do couple. The wife, Julia, seduces him easily. They seem to be set on a conventional affair when David receives a video comprising footage of their adultery. He confides in a female friend, Edwige, who has a VCR and is a neighbour of the Tombsthays.

At the same time, David is attacked by strangers but is saved by the odd Daniel Forest. He admits to being a killer, with Julia's husband, Graham, as an intended target. He warns David about Julia, giving him a gun. While her husband is away, Julia invites David to their home. David arrives but finds Graham there wanting to kill him. David shoots him. Julia advises David to hide and he seeks refuge with Edwige. She shows him a video that shows that Julia killed Graham. David returns to the house where he finds Daniel with a gun. David kills him, hides the body and leaves to look for Viviane with whom he will escape.



  1. ^ "Berlinale: 1985 Programme". Retrieved 2011.

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