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Thieves (1996)

Les voleurs (original title)
The fates of four different people - a thief, a cop, a female professor of philosophy, a suicidal girl - unexpectedly collide.


André Téchiné


André Téchiné (dialogue), Gilles Taurand (dialogue) | 4 more credits »
3 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »




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


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.


Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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The narrative consists of a prologue, five sections, and an epilogue. See more »


Marie: Before Christ was a time of orgies. Then came love.
Alex: Love's less fun.
Marie: Probably. In orgies you give your all. No more, no less. In love, it's never enough. It's always too much or not enough.
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Referenced in Les convoyeurs attendent (1999) See more »


O ew'ge Nacht, wann wirst du schwinden?
(From the opera "Die Zauberflöte" Act 1, tableau 3 , No. 8)
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder
Performed by Uwe Heilmann (Tenor) and Vienna State Opera Orchestra (as Wiener Staatsoper Orchestra)
Conducted by Georg Solti (as Sir Georg Solti)
(C)1991 The Decca Record Company Lmited, London
(P)1991 The Decca Record Company Lmited, London
Avec l'aimable autorisation de Decca
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And I do not expect her. She filled my life.
7 March 2017 | by milacoalaSee all my reviews

The film, Shakespeare's shades. At the heart of the film is love. Everything else, just around this love.

And when Auteuil says: You just do not want to fight.

Heroine Catherine Deneuve fights: I fall asleep with her and wake up with her.

What can say more?

It's a wonderful movie in the movie.

Suicide. And how is it possible to live,

The image Heroine (Deneuve) - two in one, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet buried in the apartment.

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Release Date:

25 December 1996 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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