Synopsis: A young opera-loving mailman, Jules, becomes inadvertently entangled in murder, when a young woman fleeing two mob hit men drops an incriminating cassette into his mailbag. Jules has just recently recorded opera star Cynthia Hawkins' latest concert, something of a coup as Hawkins refuses to make recordings of any kind. Soon Jules finds himself the target of the hit men, who want the voice recording, and also of another couple of ominous and mysterious agents.
Genre: Thriller
Production: Rialto Pictures
  Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 7 wins & 8 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
117 min

A motorcycle?

No , a small motorcycle . . .

a moped .

A moped .


No , postman .

Darling !

You were very moving ,

the princess insists on seeing you .

What a pleasure it is

to see you !

What a show!

We hadn't seen her since

San Francisco . lt was beautiful .

She is sublime .

There's Nadia .

What the hell is she doing?

No wait, something's wrong !

See you !

Okay, bye !

Oh , excuse me !

You didn't see a thing , little sh*t.

Police .

Scram !

Don't move !

Watch out!

Quick, let's go !


Miss, your carton please !

Your carton .

What about my carton?

Come on . . .

ls it okay?

Can l get dressed now?

l'm sorry.


ls it the Opera?

No , it's my butt.

Don't worry, l don't work there .

Do you like jazz?

Obviously! Or l'd be

stealing some mambo .

Too bad l only like disco music. . .

the classics don't do it for me .

l'm not a classic, l'm a lyric.

That's an overture .

Hurry up,

because l'm about to close .

Don't worry. Do you mind if we talk?

Yes l do , why?

- Was that you in the pictures?

- No , it was a crocodile !

What's your trick?

Here , look. . .

Not too dumb.

Of course ,

it's only a cottage industry.

And for the collections,

you arrange an air lift?

- l have something else .

- What is it?

Well , you !

So , you steal a lot?

- lt's not for me , it's to give away.

- To whom?

You're really not the

curious type , are you?

lt's to give to a guy,

who's in his cool period .

Who is he?

A mongrel , a rasta . . .

Hey, don't walk so fast!

A guy who dreams of

stopping the waves!

Deep inside , you're a lyric!

Anyhow, one of them

invited me for dinner tonight.

She split this morning . . .

l n the middle of the street,

but we got her! We had no choice !

Anyway, she'll be quiet now.

Yes. lt's under way, yes, no tracks.

l don't like cars.

Tell me Mortier, did you

identify this girl?

Yes. Nadia Kalonsky. . .

. . . a former prostitute who

disappeared a few months ago .

The funny thing is,

we had something on her.

Do you have a file?

The investigation on the international

drug trade and prostitution ring .

Ah , yes. Your famous

Antillean network.

- Chief l nspector, l know you doubt. . .

- l don't doubt anything , Mortier.

You've never produced

a single valid witness!

They're always dead .

Paula , why were you at

the railroad station . . .

. . . at the time of the murder?

Were you taking the train?

lt wasn't a coincidence . He called

me , we had an appointment.

He wanted me to meet her.

- Who is this guy?

- He's one of my informers.

He's a bum .

You'd better agree .

He's on parole . . .

. . . and the judge found him a job

at a carnival lottery in Barbes.

lt's really great for his

social rehabilitation !

This Nadia Thinginsky. . .

. . . according to your statement. . .

. . .was supposedly killed because

she was about to talk?

She hinted that she knew who the

leader of the Antillean network was.

So , she knew the Antillais?

No , that's the point. The Antillais

wouldn't be the real boss.

- She had some revelations to make .

- What revelations?

She couldn't tell me much .

She was hiding when she called .

Why? Was she being watched?

All l know is that she woke me up

last night. She seemed hounded .

She asked me to pick her up

at the station to protect her.

To protect her, you !

We used to be together,

a long time ago .

So , why did you contact us,

the police?

- What?

- Why did you call the police?!

Because it's too big for me .

Nadia is something from the past.

lt's the past. l know nothing .

l called you right away.

Why did you prevent me

from intervening?

l didn't prevent anything !

l wanted to see . . . l didn't know.

Well , we saw. . .

but we don't know anything .

What was the gentleman

accused of?

l ndecent exposure on the street.

To a minor.

Check it out. . . As usual .

You have nice witnesses.

Pathetic. . .

Not so ! You're pathetic!

l know your cop tricks.

You've heard the cassette ,

but you want me to talk as well .

l know nothing .

l got you the cassette ,

l'll say nothing else !

The cassette?

You found a cassette?

Krantz, you never

told me about this.

l had nothing to tell you .

l told you l was going to

make you meet Nadia .

There's Nadia .

No wait, something's wrong .

She told me

she recorded everything . . .

. . . and that there was

enough to sink the guy.

Don't move !

From the cafe where we sat,

we couldn't see . We were too far.

The cassette is in the

postman's satchel .

We must find it.

And three .

That's it?

They said they would

increase my pension . . .

. . . because they're

widening the street.

Those are stories, grandma .

Widening arteries have never

caused an increase in pension .

Good-bye .

So , am l a coloratura or a lyric?

- Tell me , what am l?

- Rather dramatic.


You had said lyric!

No , dramatic is just as well .

lt's even better.

The decor is rather gloomy.

You think so?

Here , we're into disaster. . .

luxurious disaster.

And this one? What is it?

The lady has taste .

lt's a Rolls Royce . . .

. . . Corniche !

lt happened in Monaco , at the

casino , against a palm tree .

Yes. . . We are not much indeed !

You wouldn't think a Rolls Royce

could have an accident.

He had one like that when he

picked me up hitch-hiking .

l didn't hesitate , l climbed right in .

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Daniel Odier

Daniel Robert Odier (born in 1945 in Geneva), also known by his pseudonym Delacorta, is a Swiss author and screenwriter. Praised by Anaïs Nin as "an outstanding writer and a dazzling poet," he is also a prolific writer on Eastern religious traditions, especially Tantra. more…

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