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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 »

Connections

References The Quest (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Tristan und Isolde
Music by Richard Wagner
Supraphone
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It's gold I tell you, Gold!
24 September 2002 | by Pan-12See all my reviews

What's going on? How does this film only have an average of 6.3? The pacing is excellent, each nuance and revelation is revealed subtly, but it doesn't let up with it's consistent harshness.

I love these movies that demonstrate human characteristics through a harsh exaggerated situation.

The rather graphic sex scene at the end, juxtaposed with the swat team was great, as was the very last shot of the boy.

Go Ozon!


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Details

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

Color:

Color
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