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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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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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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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2.35 : 1
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Deneuve...good...Place Vendome...bad
30 June 2001 | by sharkfinsoupSee all my reviews

I love French movies, and Catherine Deneuve is one of the actresses I like the best. In the 90's, she has done outstanding work in Thieves/Voleurs and My Favorite Season/Mon Saison Favori.

I was extremely disappointed in this film...a diamond scam film that has been done before, and better. It does have some good points: there is a very nice vintage noir atmosphere, and Deneuve gives a nuanced performance has the alcoholic wife of the owner of an upscale jewelery store (in Place Vendome...Paris, hence the title). He commits suicide and she is suddenly thrust into a world where there is no one to take care of her and she must find her own resources.

She does a nice job of this, but unfortunately, the film didn't make me care very much about her or any of the other characters. The plot involving stolen diamonds is convoluted, and doesn't appear to make make much sense. It looks like it was re-written too many times and some of the motivating scenes and explicatory scenes got left out.

I really wanted to like this movie, but I felt like this was perhaps the worst movie I've ever seen Catherine Deneuve in.

It's not bad like a really bad Hollywood movie is godawful bad, with explosions and trash talk trying to fill the emptiness, but it's just dull and not fun.

Two stars.

If you are looking to rent a film with Catherine Deneuve, try "Thieves" or "My Favorite Season"

-Bruce


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