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Thieves (1996)

Les voleurs (original title)
In the middle of the night, someone brings Ivan's body home to his wife and his sad-faced, jug-eared son. Through flashbacks, the film discloses the relationships among Ivan and his brother... See full summary »

Director:

André Téchiné

Writers:

André Téchiné (dialogue), Gilles Taurand (dialogue) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Deneuve ... Marie Leblanc
Daniel Auteuil ... Alex
Laurence Côte Laurence Côte ... Juliette Fontana
Benoît Magimel ... Jimmy Fontana
Fabienne Babe Fabienne Babe ... Mireille
Didier Bezace Didier Bezace ... Ivan
Julien Rivière Julien Rivière ... Justin
Ivan Desny ... Victor
Régis Betoule Régis Betoule ... Régis
Pierre Perez Pierre Perez ... Fred
Naguime Bendidi Naguime Bendidi ... Nabil
Didier Raymond Didier Raymond ... Lucien
Jean-Louis Meunier Jean-Louis Meunier ... Chanteur 'Tamino'
Eric Kreikenmayer Eric Kreikenmayer ... Adjoint Alex
Jean-Jacques Cravero Jean-Jacques Cravero ... Travesti 1
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Storyline

In the middle of the night, someone brings Ivan's body home to his wife and his sad-faced, jug-eared son. Through flashbacks, the film discloses the relationships among Ivan and his brother Alex, a cop with a cleanliness fetish; siblings Juliette and Jimmy, Ivan's partners in a seedy nightclub; the love triangle of Alex, Juliette, and Marie, a professor of philosophy; and of Alex and his nephew, Ivan's dour, stoic son. Ivan's death changes every relationship. Images of paragliders, sun bathers, and opera suggest an expansive, colorful world outside the constricted lives of these characters. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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C'est important d'avoir un ennemi, c'est meme vital.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality, some violent moments and language | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Sony Pictures Classics

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

25 December 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Thieves See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$128,974, 29 December 1996, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$939,304, 23 February 1997
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Quotes

Alex: I didn't believe in the world. I never had. I've always known it was a bad dream.
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Connections

Referenced in Les convoyeurs attendent (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Kalina Malina
Arranged by J. Peylet
Performed by Bratsch
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How do you say "Whatever!" in French?
2 July 2003 | by =G=See all my reviews

"Thieves" has Techine at the helm with Deneuve and Auetuil in the spotlight and critical plaudits aplenty. However, my reaction at the end of the two hour flick was "Yeah, so???". Telling of the intertwined lives of a cop and his brother and a girl and her lover and a handful of other people, this character driven flick wanders to and fro interminably, jumping around in time, examining the details of their fatalistic and pragmatic lives as they fuss and stew and brood over the this and that of their existence. Given subtitles and a soup thin story with no moral, no message, no hero, no villain, just character study heaped upon character study and no character that's even likeable, "Thieves" will not have much appeal for the masses. Recommended for French speakers or French film buffs only. (B)


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