7 items from 2011
Brian De Palma, director of such classic films as Scarface, The Untouchables, and Dressed To Kill, is set to go behind the camera for the first time since 2007’s Redacted, with Passion, a remake of the recent French thriller, Love Crime.
Noomi Rapace, famous for her role as Lisbeth Salander in the original The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo films, is set to star as one of the two female leads, and her co-star on the upcoming Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (due out tomorrow), Rachel McAdams, is now in talks to join as the other female lead, Collider report.
The original film starred Kristin Scott Thomas and Ludivine Sagnier in the leads, and the trailer (which you can watch below) looks pretty intriguing, making the prospect of an English language remake under the direction of De Palma, with Rapace and McAdams in the leads, pretty damn interesting too. »
- Kenji Lloyd
The new French film Love Crime is an absorbing corporate thriller that examines the lethal alliances of women in power. The final work from Alain Corneau (acclaimed director of lots of French films I haven’t seen), Love Crime pits actresses Kristin Scott Thomas and Ludivine Sagnier against each other in a tale of office politics and one-upsmanship turned deadly. The plot, a wonderfully twisty affair filled with ingenious turns, is a pleasure to watch as it unfolds. Christine (Scott Thomas), a ruthless top exec in the Paris office of an American-owned multinational corporation, has it all; money, an expensively-decorated penthouse, and younger boy-toy Philippe (Patrick Mille), a shady lawyer working for her by day. Best of all, she has her bright young assistant Isabelle (Sagnier), devoted despite the menacing and sadistic undertones in their relationship. She enjoys toying with Isabelle’s innocence and teaching her the hard lessons of her cold-blooded professional philosophy. »
- Tom Stockman
Love Crime (Crime D’amour)
Directed by Alain Corneau
When two people match wits and try to outmaneuver one-another in a bit of ill-intended one-upmanship, it’s often referred to as ‘cat and mouse.’ Love Crime, the odd film that is both unexpectedly (and perhaps unintentionally) hilarious and frightening at the same time, is rather a game of ‘cat and cat.’
The first cat is Christine (Kristin Scott Thomas). Tall, elegant, and with an ambitious killer instinct, Christine ruthlessly heads a global company at the expense of anyone in her path. Cat number two is Isabelle Guérin (Ludivine Sagnier). Christine’s right-hand-woman, Isabelle, is tightly wound (“Let your hair down,” Christine tells her), dedicated to Christine, and whip-smart.
Falling between them is Philippe (Patrick Mille), whose company holds accounts with Christine’s. Both women sleep with Philippe within the first fifteen minutes of Love Crime and, »
- Neal Dhand
Title: Love Crime Director: Alain Corneau Starring: Ludivine Sagnier, Kristin Scott Thomas, Patrick Mille, Guillaume Marquet Interpersonal chess matches always provide audiences with ample amounts of intrigue no matter what the backdrop. Love Crime is a 104 minute French film that has three characters relying on their resources and wits to bury each other. Naturally this all gets going due to some sort of crime of passion scenario based off jealously. Isabelle (Ludivine Sagnier) is a top executive at a worldwide corporation in Paris, France. She loyally attends to the refined & charming CEO, Christine (Kristin Scott Thomas). This is Isabelle’s life and Christine has been nothing short than a »
Title: Love Crime Directed By: Alain Corneau Written By: Alain Corneau, Nathalie Carter Cast: Ludivine Sagnier, Kristin Scott Thomas, Patrick Mille, Guillaume Marquet Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 8/16/11 Opens: September 2, 2011 Director Alain Corneau and co-scripter Nathalie Carter are dangerous people. Watch out. Their intricately plotted tale of love and skullduggery shows them to be capable of the perfect crime. Though Mr. Corneau died recently, I would guess that Nathalie Carter could likely work out a robbery, a kidnapping, a murder and assuredly get away with these felonies. That’s how credible and involving is this complex tale of love, sex, envy, and humiliation—all the things that make office »
- Brian Corder
For younger readers, Bob Geldof is the man whose daughter is draped across faux-chastising articles in the Daily Mail and various other of Britain’s wealth of morally “flexible” tabloid publications and, occasionally, painful and abortive television programmes. If you are nearing adulthood- at least legally- then you will be aware that Geldof organised a pop concert in which poverty was made history, somewhere during the second chorus of “Yellow” by Coldplay. If you are depressingly old (i.e. over thirty) then you will be primarily cognisant of Geldof through his first charity concert, Live Aid, swearing at the British public and, possibly, his now almost forgotten punk band, The Boomtown Rats.
But in between ushering the planet to the utopia in which we now all find ourselves and having embarrassing offspring, Geldof had a quieter- and admittedly brief- dual strand as an artist on the silver screen. In addition to several cameos as himself, »
- Ben Szwediuk
The former Boomtown Rats rocker Bob Geldof, who gave a riveting performance as Pink in Alan Parker’s live-action and animated musical Pink Floyd – The Wall in 1982, is set to return to the big screen. He’s poised to take on a role inspired by outspoken philosopher and writer Bernard-Henri Lévy in the French film Mauvaise Fille (Bad Girl). French actor Patrick Mille will make his directorial debut with the film, which is an adaptation of his girlfriend Justine Lévy’s best-selling autobiographical novel of the same name. Justine, whose previous two books have received rave literary reviews in the Us, also happens to be Bernard-Henri’s daughter. Hit the jump to find out more about Geldof’s role. Best known for his humanitarian work since bringing global attention to the Ethiopian famine in 1984, which subsequently led to Band Aid, USA For Africa and Live Aid, Bob Geldof will return »
- Talia Soghomonian
7 items from 2011
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