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Les amants criminels (1999)

Modern retelling of Hansel and Gretel. After committing a murder, a young couple on the run find refuge in a remote cottage in the woods, where they become trapped by the perverse hermit who lives there.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Alice
... Luc
... L'homme de forêt (as Miki Manojlovic)
... Saïd
Yasmine Belmadi ... Karim
Bernard Maume ... Le professeur
Jean-Louis Debard ... Le gardien de nuit
Catherine Vierne ... La vendeuse de bijoux
Marielle Coubaillon ... L'hôtesse du supermarché
Olivier Papot ... Le policier
... Le GIGN (as Gil de Murger)
Agnès Accaria
Ranzi Adjeri
Brigitte Albuquerque
Martihino Albuquerque
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Storyline

After a perverted impulse drives them to kill, Alice and her boyfriend, Luc, drag the body into the woods, only to find themselves hopelessly lost - much like the fairy-tale plight of Hansel and Gretel. Starving and with no hope of being found, they chance upon a dilapidated cottage where a hulking man takes them prisoner and proceeds to feed Luc's sexual appetite. Written by Angelo Fox

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Their idea of foreplay was murder.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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18 August 1999 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Amantes Criminosos  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$7,483, 23 July 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$50,470, 25 February 2001
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References Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) See more »

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Moonrise - Intermezzo
Music by Vilém Blodek (as Wilhelm Blodek)
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Substance of escape
20 June 2007 | by See all my reviews

Story of love and death, with some American thriller sparkles and the flavor of Ozon, "Amants criminels" is trip in a dark universe, with strange cages and shadows of fears.

In same aspects, it is a new adaptation of "Dangerous Liaisons". Also, it is a adaptations of brothers Grimm tales. But important are not the images, rabbits or forest man , the murder or the rats. It is only a room of Francois Ozon universe and relevant is the desire of director to discover the limits of a situation. Not the ways but the purpose.

The evil girl for the other is basic object, the homoerotic scenes, the strange land, the race different, the games and the end, the cries and forms of affection are pieces of an interesting puzzle in which the purpose may be the catharsis.

A cruel beautiful film. Cold, aggressive, nostalgic, sad and strange. A film about the ways of escape. And about their fragile substance.


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