7 morts sur ordonnance (1975)


7 morts sur ordonnance (1975)

Dr. Brézé and his sons, all surgeons with limited abilities fight any competition on their sector with all means. Especially a well-known operating surgeon Pierre Losseray, which wants to operate again after a cardiac infarct and a longer recovery break. Night for night he is terrorized by the old Brézé with calls, being accused by him of the murder of patients, threatens with measures of the physician chamber.
West Germany
IMDb  6.2 /10
Director Jacques Rouffio
Writer Georges Conchon
Writer Jacques Rouffio
Writer Jean-Louis Chevrier
Release Date1975-12-03
Runtime1h 45mins
GenreCrime, Drama, Thriller
Content Rating
Awards1 win & 3 nominations.
CompanyBelstar Productions, Films 66, TIT Filmproduktion GmbH
CountryFrance, West Germany, Spain
Dr. Pierre Losseray
Doctor Jean-Pierre Berg
Muriel Losseray
Monique Mélinand
Monique Mélinand
Mrs. Giret
Mrs. Mauvagne
Le commissaire Giret (as Antonio Ferrandis Monrabal)
Georg Marischka
Georg Marischka
Paul Brézé
José María Prada
José María Prada
Simon Mauvagne (as José Maria Prada Oterino)
Joseph Brézé
Robert Brézé
Guy de Belleval
Guy de Belleval
Henri Chantin-Brézé
Claude Barrois
Claude Barrois
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Sept morts sur ordonnance

Sept morts sur ordonnance (Seven Deaths by Prescription or Bestial Quartet) is a 1975 French drama film directed by Jacques Rouffio and starring Michel Piccoli, Gérard Depardieu, Jane Birkin, Marina Vlady, Charles Vanel and Valérie Mairesse.

The film was awarded the César Award for Best Editing, and was nominated for Best Film, Best Actor and Best Writing.


Pierre Losseray is a surgeon at the public hospital in a small provincial town in France (Clermont-Ferrand). He has recently suffered a heart attack but has returned to work. He is appreciated by his patients, and is being harassed by Old Brézé, the owner of a nearby medical clinic, who is losing clients and cannot stand competition. In league with his sons and son-in-law, Brézé uses insinuations close to blackmail. Losseray also learns about the story of Doctor Jean-Pierre Berg, another surgeon with a very different lifestyle from Losseray, who was similarly hassled by the same man fifteen years before. He becomes obsessed with it as he discovers what it was about.

Berg had killed his three children, his wife and finally himself, apparently when under such pressure; however the real reason of why he did that remains unclear : he had much charisma, a Boston University diploma, an excellent reputation, a charming wife, and was even about to launch his own private clinic. Losseray, though being constantly bugged by Brézé, gets information - sometimes contradictory - by bits and pieces, becomes more and more obsessed with it and the Brézé clan, and finally understands what really happened. He eventually shares the same fate as Berg. Seemingly without concern, the Brézé clan continue with their nefarious activities.

A major role is held by Mathy, a psychiatrist who happens to know, because of his social relations, all the clues about the former story, but gives them reluctantly because he wants to be in good terms with everybody.


  • Michel Piccoli : Doctor Pierre Losseray
  • Gérard Depardieu : Doctor Jean-Pierre Berg
  • Jane Birkin : Jane Berg
  • Marina Vlady : Muriel Losseray
  • Charles Vanel : Old Brézé
  • Michel Auclair : Doctor Mathy
  • Monique Mélinand : Mrs. Giret
  • Coline Serreau : Mrs. Mauvagne
  • Antonio Ferrandis : Commissaire Giret
  • Georg Marischka : Paul Brézé
  • José María Prada : Simon Mauvagne
  • Karl Schönböck : Joseph Brézé
  • Valérie Mairesse : Mademoiselle Lambert

External links

  • Sept morts sur ordonnance on IMDb
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