Adapted from a Simenon novel and written in collaboration with legendary screenwriters Aurenche and Bost, The Watchmaker Of St. Paul was Tavernier's debut feature. An ordinary man, the watchmaker of the title, finds his well ordered life blown apart by the discovery that his son is wanted for murder. Deeply shocked, The Watchmaker is forced to explore his own actions and ideals in a search for answers. His journey leads him to question old relationships, as well as forging new ones, as a wary understanding begins to form between him and the police inspector investigating the crime.
- The Watchmaker of St. Paul review by GPH
It's extraordinary that Tavernier's first feature should be so accomplished. The story is at once slight and deep: an ordinary man's relationship with his son. (To say more is to begin to give it away.) Directed with Tavernier's compellingly natural pace, characters whose relations develop, and change, in convincingly complex ways, unfailingly good performances, Noirest especially is quite stunning, beautifully shot in and around Lyons. (Meals also star, discreetly.) Complete pleasure, total satisfaction.