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Genealogies of a Crime (1997)
"Généalogies d'un crime" (original title)

 |  Crime, Drama  |  27 March 1998 (USA)
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At her son's funeral, Solange, a lawyer famous for losing hopeless cases, agrees to defend René, her son's age, accused of murdering his wealthy aunt, Jeanne, who's part of the ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeanne / Solange
Georges Didier
Andrzej Seweryn ...
Bernadette Lafont ...
Monique Mélinand ...
Hubert Saint-Macary ...
Jean-Yves Gautier ...
Camila Mora-Scheihing ...
Soledad (as Camila Mora)
Patrick Modiano ...
Jean Badin ...
Brigitte Sy ...
Laurence Clément ...
Aline, la secrétaire
André Engel ...
Psychiatre 1


At her son's funeral, Solange, a lawyer famous for losing hopeless cases, agrees to defend René, her son's age, accused of murdering his wealthy aunt, Jeanne, who's part of the Franco-Belgian Psychoanalytic Society, known for odd views and methods. She reads Jeanne's journal, documenting René's criminal tendencies. Solange believes him innocent, manipulated into the murder or framed. Odd psychiatrists turn up, including Georges Didier, who runs FBPS, and his rival, Christian, who believes crime originates in a story's taking hold of a person. After the verdict, René and Solange's relationship changes, Georges and his society commit a bizarre act, and the police record Solange's story. Written by <>

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is she the murderer, the victim, or both?


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27 March 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Genealogias de um Crime  »

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$76,763 (USA) (23 October 1998)

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Referenced in Le cercle de minuit: Episode dated 24 March 1997 (1997) See more »

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"You'll be me and I'll be you...... Beep!"
12 December 2004 | by (Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

If some directors make the cut into stardom and acknowledge maybe this isn't the gold for Raoul Ruiz. This great chilean director is one of the best on making a film completely out of new processed lines of ideas, brave imaginary and a perfectly narrated line of events that are shocking sometimes and very recreational through the whole story. In this film Catherine Deneuve shows her grace with a comfortably effortless acting being a legal attorney who solves a mystery on an assassination of a remarkable psychologist. Sometimes you see her good side, the intrigued professional that tries to form a bind with her young client Rene, the first suspect on the murder of his aunt the psychologist, but sometimes you get to see nothing but the real game. That is the true central object of the plot, about how the truth come to reveal to ourselves by being other people, or better said, by placing ourselves in other's perspective. Big twist at the end, and it was before our eyes every time.

*notice the great adjustements on the camera lens through the film. Some filters and a half of screen out of focus with traveling at the same time!!

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