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R | | Drama | 23 May 2008 (USA)
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Credited cast:
Dominique Pinon ... Pierre Laclos / Louis
Fanny Ardant ... Judith Ralitzer
Audrey Dana ... Huguette
Michèle Bernier ... Florence, la soeur
Myriam Boyer Myriam Boyer ... La mère d'Huguette
Zinedine Soualem ... Le commissaire Leroux
Boris Ventura-Diaz Boris Ventura-Diaz ... Alain (as Boris Ventura Diaz)
Marc Rioufol ... Le propriétaire du vignoble
Thomas Le Douarec Thomas Le Douarec
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eve Bitoun Eve Bitoun
Rebecca Blanc Rebecca Blanc
Jérôme Cachon Jérôme Cachon
Victoire Debré Victoire Debré ... (as Marie-Victoire Debré)
Eric Delcourt Eric Delcourt
Cyrille Eldin Cyrille Eldin ... Paul


The successful novelist Judith Ralitzer is interrogated in the police station about the disappearance of her ghost-writer. A serial-killer escapes from a prison in Paris. A missing school teacher leaves his wife and children. In the road, the annoying and stressed hairdresser Hughette is left in a gas station by her fiancé Paul while driving to the poor farm of her family in the country. A mysterious man offers a ride to her and she invites him to assume the identity of Paul during 24 hours to not disappoint her mother. Who might be the unknown man and what is real and what is fiction? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Some meetings are more fatal than others.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brief language and sexual references | See all certifications »






Release Date:

23 May 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crossed Tracks See more »

Filming Locations:

Beaune, Côte-d'Or, France See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,484, 27 April 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,851,114, 14 September 2008
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Les Films 13,Canal+ See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Featured in At the Movies: Episode #5.38 (2008) See more »

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Roam to the theater and see this intriguing film
14 August 2008 | by inkblot11See all my reviews

Judith Ralitzer (Fanny Ardant) is a major French writer, or so the world thinks. The truth is that another writer, Pierre (Dominique Pinon) has been "ghosting" her books for seven years. The duo are to meet in Cannes to discuss their future endeavors. Ms. Ralitzer was also once married to a wealthy vineyard owner who died relatively young. Did she have anything to do with his death? Meanwhile, Huguette (Audrey Dana) is traveling with her doctor-fiancé to her parents' home in southern France. Alas, they have a big fight and Huguette is abandoned by her intended at a petrol station. In the station's coffee shop, she meets a kind gentleman who offers her a ride. What she doesn't know is that a serial killer, who employed magic tricks to snare his victims, has escaped from a French prison. Should she accept this stranger's offer? At this same moment, too, a Parisian wife reports that her husband is missing and doesn't know which way to turn. However, she does like the looks of the detective assigned to the case! This is an intriguing film with plenty of energy and suspense. The cast is quite nice, also, with Ardant giving a nice turn as the arrogant writer. Dana, too, makes a beautiful, mixed-up heroine. Pinon does not have the looks of a leading man but is quite fine as the major male lead while the rest of the cast is more than adequate. Naturally, the scenery in France is beautiful but one might be surprised at the rustic nature of Huguette's family abode where there is not the least hint of sophistication. One must also compliment the well-chosen costumes, the fascinating script and the sure direction of Claude Leloush. If you are searching for a film that will render an alternative movie experience from the standard Hollywood fare, do roam to the theater and plunk down some dough for this one. You will not be disappointed.

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