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Criminal Lovers (1999)

Les amants criminels (original title)
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.

Director:

François Ozon

Writers:

François Ozon (scenario and dialogue), Marcia Romano (scenario interventions) | 4 more credits »
3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Their idea of foreplay was murder.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Alternate Versions

The 2001 DVD release in France from Paramount contains an alternate cut of the film, running 80 mins., which places most of the events into chronological order. See more »


Soundtracks

Tristan und Isolde
Music by Richard Wagner
Supraphone
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Ozon rules!
16 February 2004 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

When I was a child ,"Hansel und Gretel" used to scare me to death.Even if they finally succeed at escaping from the clutches of the witch,some fears never fade away.The fear of the unknown forest where any person can be an enemy.The fear of unknown people you meet in the dark corners of the streets .The fear of being kidnapped and taken away far from your family.

When I saw "les amants criminels " for the first time ,I had the same sensation as when I read the fairytale ;rarely,I felt so ill-at-ease ,in need of fresh air :Ozon's sinister tale stirred my emotions ,my subconscious,some of my childhood fears that never went away.There are a lot of hints at childhood here:outside the Grimm tale,the heroine's name is Alice (on the other side of the mirror),and the scene near the cascade ,in its quietness, where the two lovers are surrounded by animals ,recalls some Disney movie.

And mainly ,mainly ,Ozon ,among only a few contemporary directors, has completely understood Hitchcock's great lesson:expect the unexpected .After their crime,the two lovers start out ,as Janet Leigh did in 1960,and I dare you to guess what will happen then!

Ozon is the most gifted contemporary French director.


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Official Sites:

Strand Releasing

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

18 August 1999 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Amantes Criminosos See more »

Filming Locations:

Blanzat, Puy-de-Dôme, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,483, 23 July 2000

Gross USA:

$50,470
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

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Color
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