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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

Jimmy: Luxury cars are dead. The future is in trucks.
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Connections

Referenced in Les convoyeurs attendent (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Sous le soleil de Bodega
Written by Stefane Mellino (as S. Mellino) & Noel Rota (as N. Rota)
Performed by Les Négresses Vertes
(C)1991 Editions Virgin Musiques & SNCLNV
(P)1991 LNV
Avec l'aimable autorisation de LNV
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Confusing and Fascinating and Worth Repeating
15 January 2000 | by havanadanySee all my reviews

I've watched this movie less as a coherent whole and more as an interrupted series of brilliant little moments. There is the scene where Catherine Deneuve is riding in the car explaining the philosophical nature of money. It didn't belong, but it was a very nice scene. There is the scene where Daniel Auteuil and Laurence Cote chat over his breakfast in a hotel and he sees her laugh for the first time. Nicely set up. Then there is the scene where Deneuve and Auteuil go to the Opera. The plot is muddled, but the actors provide fascinating little moments. Props to Techine for incredible direction with attention to character insight.


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