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Buffet froid

Buffet froid is a 1979 French film written and directed by Bertrand Blier, starring Gérard Depardieu, Carole Bouquet, Bernard Blier and Jean Carmet. The film is a crime thriller, but displays a high degree of black humour, with contemporary urban life depicted as alienating and having a dehumanizing effect on city dwellers. The film won a César Award for Best Writing, and was nominated for Best Cinematography, Editing, and Production Design.

Plot

The film begins at La Défense station (RER), with Alphonse Tram (Gérard Depardieu), a less than gregarious character, idly chatting to an accountant who is travelling home very late. The accountant, a man of orthodox social outlook and standing is disturbed by and fearful of this rambling loner, more so when Tram attempts to give him his bloodstained knife (in order to reduce the chances of him "doing something silly..."). They argue and the accountant puts the knife on a seat a few feet away behind them. They argue some more and then notice the knife has disappeared.