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Place Vendôme (1998)

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Realising a dishonest deal has been found out a diamond merchant commits suicide, leaving the gems in question for his wife. Knowing the business from the time before drink largely took ... See full summary »

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Nicole Garcia
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Deneuve ... Marianne Malivert
Jean-Pierre Bacri ... Jean-Pierre
Emmanuelle Seigner ... Nathalie
Jacques Dutronc ... Battistelli
Bernard Fresson ... Vincent Malivert
François Berléand ... Eric Malivert
Dragan Nikolic ... Janos
Otto Tausig ... Samy
László Szabó ... Charlie Rosen
Élisabeth Commelin Élisabeth Commelin ... Mademoiselle Pierson (as Elisabeth Commelin)
Philippe Clévenot Philippe Clévenot ... Kleiser
Malik Zidi ... Sam's Son
Eric Ruf Eric Ruf ... Phillipe Ternece
Nidal Al-Askhar Nidal Al-Askhar ... Saliha
Larry Lamb ... Christopher Makos
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Storyline

Realising a dishonest deal has been found out a diamond merchant commits suicide, leaving the gems in question for his wife. Knowing the business from the time before drink largely took over her life, she decides to sober up and sell them herself. Though they attract much interest, no-one legitimate will touch them. As she tries to get her present life straight the lure of the stones means she may have to confront the past as well. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Crime | Drama

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R | See all certifications »
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Country:

France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

7 October 1998 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Place Vendome See more »

Filming Locations:

Antwerp, Flanders, Belgium See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,619, 20 August 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$477,425, 15 October 2000
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Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Stodgy film-making that takes forever to get to its point
11 March 2000 | by masked film criticSee all my reviews

"Place Vendome" makes a few strange decisions early on. You would expect a thriller set in the Paris jewel industry to be glamorous and sexy, but Nicole Garcia has other ideas. Instead, she presents the industry as corrupt, jaded and full of downbeat, sleazy people. Deals take place behind closed doors, in cheap hotel rooms, and dimly-lit office suites. Garcia does everything to make this atmosphere suffocating - there are few outdoors scenes initially. When the action shifts briefly to London, there are no establishing shots. The only clue that we're no longer in Paris is that the dialogue switches to English.

This, no doubt, is an attempt to add realism to the milieu. It succeeds, but at the cost of draining the film of interest. Little narrative momentum is created, and the low-key lighting, presumably aimed at creating a noir atmosphere, ends up murky instead.

The main interest lies, predictably enough, with Catherine Deneuve, in yet another mid-life crisis role. Of course, she holds the attention like the old pro she is, but this is itself a problem. We're introduced to various mysterious characters when Deneuve is off-screen, but they seem lifeless and uninteresting by comparison.

And yet, the final half-hour actually works. Much is explained about the characters' motivations in a haunting flashback scene, set in an unforgiving wintry landscape. Following on from that the film finally develops some tension. However, this seems to be too little, too late. This is a wasted opportunity.


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