Le poulpe (1998)

Director: Guillaume Nicloux
Studio: Canal+, France 2 Cinema, Gimages

Starring: Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Clotilde Courau, Stephane Boucher, Julie Delarme, Aristide Demonico, James Faulkner, Jean-Francois Gallotte, Nicolas Jouhet, Francois Levantal, Bruno Lochet, Martine Logier, Philippe Nahon, Julien Rassam, Frederic van den Driessche, Yves Verhoeven, Didier Abot, Christian Anneix, Gerard Barreaux, Claudio Bergamin, Bernard Binet, Sophie Bonnaure, Gerard Bourgarel.

—Gabriel, dit Le Poulpe (The Octopus) is a laid-back private investigator who works on cases for his own pleasure. He is drawn to the fictional Loire Valley port of Angerneau, with his lover Clotilde who has been summoned by the police concerning the defacement of a deceased relative’s grave. Since Angernau is her home town, she wants to leave it as soon as possible to avoid old acquaintances, but Gabriel stumbles on intriguing events concerning the cargo of a ship in port
—A private investigator (nicknamed Octopus after his long arms) travels to the small town of Angernaud with his bisexual girlfriend to collect the money he spent for the reconstruction of his family grave after it was vandalized by a group of young people. He seeks them out one by one but every time he finds the person dead. When he learns that a drunkard Scotsman, a local celebrity and an extreme right politician are involved in the mysterious deaths and all signs lead to a boat in the harbor, he calls in his sidekick Pedro for reinforcement.