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Criminal Lovers (1999)
"Les amants criminels" (original title)

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L'homme de forêt (as Miki Manojlovic)
Salim Kechiouche ...
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Yasmine Belmadi ...
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Bernard Maume ...
Le professeur
Jean-Louis Debard ...
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Catherine Vierne ...
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Marielle Coubaillon ...
L'hôtesse du supermarché
Olivier Papot ...
Le policier
Gil Demurger ...
Le GIGN (as Gil de Murger)
Agnès Accaria
Ranzi Adjeri
Brigitte Albuquerque
Martihino Albuquerque
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The movie begins with an explicit murder scene. We later learn high school student Alice (Natacha Régnier) convinced her lover... See full synopsis »

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18 August 1999 (France)  »

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Amantes criminales  »

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$7,483 (USA) (21 July 2000)

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$50,470 (USA) (23 February 2001)
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Ozon rules!
16 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

When I was a child ,"Hansel und Gretel" used to scare me to death.Even if they finally succeed at escaping from the clutches of the witch,some fears never fade away.The fear of the unknown forest where any person can be an enemy.The fear of unknown people you meet in the dark corners of the streets .The fear of being kidnapped and taken away far from your family.

When I saw "les amants criminels " for the first time ,I had the same sensation as when I read the fairytale ;rarely,I felt so ill-at-ease ,in need of fresh air :Ozon's sinister tale stirred my emotions ,my subconscious,some of my childhood fears that never went away.There are a lot of hints at childhood here:outside the Grimm tale,the heroine's name is Alice (on the other side of the mirror),and the scene near the cascade ,in its quietness, where the two lovers are surrounded by animals ,recalls some Disney movie.

And mainly ,mainly ,Ozon ,among only a few contemporary directors, has completely understood Hitchcock's great lesson:expect the unexpected .After their crime,the two lovers start out ,as Janet Leigh did in 1960,and I dare you to guess what will happen then!

Ozon is the most gifted contemporary French director.


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