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Hanging Offense (2003)

Cette femme-là (original title)
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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Léo Kopmans
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Pascal Demolon ...
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Scali Delpeyrat ...
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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 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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ethereal
25 June 2007 | by See all my reviews

Like so many contemporary French thrillers,"cette femme-là" is no substance and all atmosphere.Josiane Balasko portrays a cop down in the dumps ,desperate because of her only son's death on the 29 th of February.Every four year,when the fatal date gets closer,she begins to have awful nightmares all about suicide.

A woman hung herself (or was she helped?) in a wood.Balasko investigates and finds herself in the heart of a muddled confusing story.The final lines on the screen are ,par excellence,the easy way out.The picture is dirty à la "Seven" and the music is lugubrious although,oddly ,the old fifties hit "young love" comes back from time to time along with other American easy-listening tunes.There's the obligatory hint at S/M,the obligatory gay interest and the obligatory moving "mum's alone" story.THe screenplay is finally derivative and all we see on the screen was treated by George Simenon a long time ago.

You'd better choose Nicloux's "Une affaire privée" (2002) which had at least a disturbing ending.


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