Place Vendôme (1998)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  7 October 1998 (France)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bernard Fresson ...
Vincent Malivert
Eric Malivert
Dragan Nikolic ...
László Szabó ...
Charlie Rosen
Elisabeth Commelin ...
Mademoiselle Pierson
Philippe Clévenot ...
Malik Zidi ...
Sam's Son
Eric Ruf ...
Phillipe Ternece
Nidal Al-Askhar ...
Christopher Makos


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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7 October 1998 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Place Vendome  »

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£28,053 (UK) (6 August 1999)


$477,425 (USA) (13 October 2000)

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Deneuve...good...Place Vendome...bad
30 June 2001 | by (Chicago USA) – See all my reviews

I love French movies, and Catherine Deneuve is one of the actresses I like the best. In the 90's, she has done outstanding work in Thieves/Voleurs and My Favorite Season/Mon Saison Favori.

I was extremely disappointed in this film...a diamond scam film that has been done before, and better. It does have some good points: there is a very nice vintage noir atmosphere, and Deneuve gives a nuanced performance has the alcoholic wife of the owner of an upscale jewelery store (in Place Vendome...Paris, hence the title). He commits suicide and she is suddenly thrust into a world where there is no one to take care of her and she must find her own resources.

She does a nice job of this, but unfortunately, the film didn't make me care very much about her or any of the other characters. The plot involving stolen diamonds is convoluted, and doesn't appear to make make much sense. It looks like it was re-written too many times and some of the motivating scenes and explicatory scenes got left out.

I really wanted to like this movie, but I felt like this was perhaps the worst movie I've ever seen Catherine Deneuve in.

It's not bad like a really bad Hollywood movie is godawful bad, with explosions and trash talk trying to fill the emptiness, but it's just dull and not fun.

Two stars.

If you are looking to rent a film with Catherine Deneuve, try "Thieves" or "My Favorite Season"


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