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Both detectives on a sickening murder case struggle with being alone and childless in their 40s. As they investigate the young man found beaten and strangled to death, platonic friends Karine and Herve unravel a love story between Vincent, and Rebecca a high school girl. The teenage lovers quickly plunged into the kind of amour fou the flics fear to chance for themselves. Rebecca is missing, and unknown to her, the boy was a homosexual Internet hustler. The ordinarily blasé male investigator is appalled to find that on-line dating is a world the sexy Karine knows well. Is Rebecca the killer, another victim or ? Written by
Murder investigation probing the mystery of human relationships
The opening sequence of "Accomplices", with a body floating down a river, will almost certainly have a strong resonance for those who remember "Twin Peaks". In this case the waterlogged corpse is that of a rootless young man, Vincent, rather than the beautiful homecoming queen Laura Palmer - and the subsequent murder inquiry unveils the hidden decadence of the French city of Lyons, rather than that of a small town in the Pacific Northwest. The two detectives assigned to the case are Herve and Karine, who enjoy a complex friendship, coupled with an efficient work relationship. Their initial fact-finding in Lyons reveals an additional echo from David Lynch's landmark TV series - Vincent, like Laura, had been prostituting himself. As Herve and Karine probe into Vincent's complicated life - as well as their own - the film cuts back and forth between the murder investigation and the young hustler's various pursuits in the weeks prior to his death. They discover that the rent-boy murder victim was bi-sexual, and had been involved in a love affair with a high-school student, Rebecca, who has disappeared. Shortly thereafter, the detectives are informed that the apparently demure, middle-class Rebecca had become embroiled in Vincent's sex trade activities, leaving them uncertain whether the missing girl may be the unknown killer, or another victim.
Writer/director Mermoud has created believable and sympathetic personalities for his four principal protagonists. His actors' fine performances ensure that an audience remains interested in the fate of their characters until the story's two time-lines are integrated in an unexpected and poignant conclusion. "Accomplices" is an exceptional film with an intriguing narrative arc unfolding in an original manner.
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