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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.

Director:

François Ozon

Writers:

François Ozon (scenario and dialogue), Marcia Romano (scenario interventions) | 4 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Natacha Régnier ... Alice
Jérémie Renier ... Luc
Predrag 'Miki' Manojlovic ... L'homme de forêt (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

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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$50,470, 25 February 2001
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color
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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 Night of the Hunter (1955) See more »

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dark and probing stuff
5 August 2009 | by christopher-underwoodSee all my reviews

This title appeared on my radar courtesy of an Amazon recommendation, based presumably on my penchant for edgy thrillers or maybe because I'd previously bought a French film! Either way, although I had heard of director Ozon and of the acclaim for him, he had not entered my consciousness and hence my surprise when a leaflet advertising largely gay product fell from the DVD box, which I then noted bore a quote from Gay Times. Nevertheless, nothing ventured, nothing gained, so I popped it in. The film is truly excellent. Nobody is entirely as they at first seem, the film starts with a jolt and barely stops, it is full of surprises and, oh yes, there is rather a lot of homoeroticism. Nothing too worrying for a straight guy but it certainly helps give the movie an alternative angle. Seduction is so much a part of straight cinema we barely notice it but here we are certainly made to sit up and question motives. There is humour but on the whole this is pretty dark and probing stuff and a most involving tale for the more adventurous.


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