DANCE WITH A SERIAL KILLER (Nigel Williams, UK). 72 minutes. Sunday (April 20), 9:30 pm; Wednesday (April 23), 10:30 am, ROM. Rating: NNN
Back in 1989, cop Jean-François Abgrall was brought in to investigate the case of a woman murdered in broad daylight on a semi-crowded beach in Brest. Suspect Francis Heaulme, a tall, intense-looking drifter, had an alibi. But Abgrall, helped ironically enough by the suspect himself, gradually pieced together a theory that shed disturbing light on the inefficiencies of the French police system.
Although it begins slowly, Nigel Williams 's doc about Abgrall's five-year search for clues to implicate Heaulme in nearly a dozen murders -- each in a different style, and committed across the country -- takes on the excitement of a cat-and-mouse procedural thriller. Think Zodiac, en français, with a real-life killer as frightening as Hannibal Lecter.