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Hanging Offense (2003)
"Cette femme-là" (original title)

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A fifty-year-old police officer, Michèle Varin, finds herself in a highly depressive state due to the death of her young son a few years ago. In one way or another she feels guilty for his ... See full summary »


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Sylvain Bazinsky
Ange Rodot ...
Léo Kopmans
L'homme de l'identité judiciaire
Didier Abot ...
Homme bus
Dominique Bettenfeld ...
Dalton 2
Pascal Bongard ...
Stéphane Comby ...
Policier sandwich
Béatrice Chauvin ...
Femme buste (as Béatrice Chauvin-Ballay)
Corinne Debonnière ...
Florence Denou ...
Policière gantée
Pascal Demolon ...
Dalton 1
Scali Delpeyrat ...
Médecin légiste


A fifty-year-old police officer, Michèle Varin, finds herself in a highly depressive state due to the death of her young son a few years ago. In one way or another she feels guilty for his death and feels particularly bad every four years during the period of time around 29th February, the anniversary date of the boy's demise. Such is her unenviable condition when she is assigned a trying ordeal (at least for her):investigating the case of a woman found hanging from a tree in a forest. Horror follows her trail, but to what extent is this reality or one of those nightmares she has and her shrink has been unable to rid her of? Written by Guy Bellinger

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2 August 2004 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

Cette Femme La suffers all the problems of the French policier at its most pretentious. The plot is thin and deliberately obscure, the mood one-note and tedious and the performances so minimal you're tempted to check the actors for a pulse. There's no ebb and flow to the film, no sense of momentum, just a dreary emptiness.

Josiane Balasko's investigation into a suicide is supposed to set her on the road to living life again after her son's death, but the film just renders her a blank zombified presence who commands neither sympathy nor interest. The ending is rather absurd to put it mildly, and it's not worth the effort.

Poor - 3/10.

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