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Place Vendôme (1998)

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Realising a dishonest deal has been found out a diamond merchant commits suicide, leaving the gems in question for his wife. Knowing the business from the time before drink largely took ... See full summary »

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Battistelli
Bernard Fresson ...
Vincent Malivert
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Eric Malivert
Dragan Nikolic ...
Janos
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Samy
László Szabó ...
Charlie Rosen
Élisabeth Commelin ...
Mademoiselle Pierson (as Elisabeth Commelin)
Philippe Clévenot ...
Kleiser
Malik Zidi ...
Sam's Son
Eric Ruf ...
Phillipe Ternece
Nidal Al-Askhar ...
Saliha
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Christopher Makos
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Realising a dishonest deal has been found out a diamond merchant commits suicide, leaving the gems in question for his wife. Knowing the business from the time before drink largely took over her life, she decides to sober up and sell them herself. Though they attract much interest, no-one legitimate will touch them. As she tries to get her present life straight the lure of the stones means she may have to confront the past as well. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Crime | Drama

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7 October 1998 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Place Vendome  »

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Opening Weekend:

£28,053 (UK) (6 August 1999)

Gross:

$477,425 (USA) (13 October 2000)
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Un castello a tu magia
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Simple story featuring world weary characters, beautifully acted.
15 November 1999 | by (Glasgow, Scotland) – See all my reviews

The plot of this film may centre around scams in the the diamond trade but don't expect slick plotlines and witty, glamorous characters. The film offers instead a look behind the glamour at individuals worn down by their lives, by wrong decisions and damaging relationships. These relationships have developed between characters involved at some time in questionable aspects of the trade and appear to suffer as if mirroring the dishonesty and deceitfulness of the scams. It is a story told at a slow pace allowing the details to unfold and to enable us to get to know the characters and understand their motivation. The acting is superb, particularly Catherine Deneuve, and the film ends on a note which suggests some kind of atonement and reconciliation.


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