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Crime d'amour (2010)

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Ruthless executive Christine brings on Isabelle as her assistant, and she takes delight in toying with the young woman's innocence. But when the protégé's ideas become tempting enough for ... See full summary »

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Alain Corneau

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Alain Corneau (scenario, adaptation and dialogue), Natalie Carter (scenario, adaptation and dialogue)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ludivine Sagnier ... Isabelle Guérin
Kristin Scott Thomas ... Christine Rivière
Patrick Mille ... Philippe Deschamps
Guillaume Marquet Guillaume Marquet ... Daniel
Gérald Laroche Gérald Laroche ... Gérard
Julien Rochefort Julien Rochefort ... L'avocat
Olivier Rabourdin ... Le juge
Marie Guillard Marie Guillard ... Claudine - la soeur d'Isabelle
Mike Powers Mike Powers ... Le premier responsable de Barney & Johnson
Matthew Gonder Matthew Gonder ... Le second responsable de Barney & Johnson
Jean-Pierre Leclerc Jean-Pierre Leclerc ... L'adjoint de Gérard
Stéphane Roquet ... Fabien
Frederic Venant Frederic Venant ... Un cadre (as Frédéric Venant)
Stéphane Brel Stéphane Brel ... Le voisin d'Isabelle
Marie-Bénédicte Roy Marie-Bénédicte Roy ... La surveillante de la prison
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Ruthless executive Christine brings on Isabelle as her assistant, and she takes delight in toying with the young woman's innocence. But when the protégé's ideas become tempting enough for Christine to pass on as her own, she underestimates Isabelle's ambition and cunning -- and the ground is set for all out war. Written by Anonymous

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A nail-biting thriller in the vein of BASIC INSTINCT and FATAL ATTRACTION... [Scandinavian DVD.] See more »


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Country:

France

Language:

French | English | Japanese

Release Date:

2 September 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Love Crime See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$43,335, 16 September 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$529,103, 20 November 2011
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1.85 : 1
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Last film of Alain Corneau, who died on August 30, 2010, twelve days after "Crime d'amour" was released. See more »

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Women take the lead in this complex thriller, but leave your disbelief at the door
10 October 2011 | by chaz-28See all my reviews

Rare for a mysterious thriller set in the high stakes business realm, Love Crime (Crime d'Amour) is dominated by women with the men relegated to paltry supporting roles. Christine (Kristin Scott Thomas) is on the fast track to the elite tier of her international business firm as chief of their Paris office. She is confident, sexy, knows how to work the room, and has complete faith in her subordinate Isabelle (Ludivine Sagnier). Not only is Christine a business mentor to Isabelle, she also assumes the role of life coach, close confidant, and in a few moments, possible temptress.

Isabelle is also on the fast track but is severely overshadowed by the extroverted Christine. She has original ideas which win the firm big clients but Christine will frequently claim those ideas as her own to help her case for promotion. Christine does not necessarily view this as the immoral thing to do. She is the boss and ideas flow to the top. Plus, any success merited to Christine will naturally help Isabelle's career; however, Isabelle must never forget who is truly in charge.

While attempting to prove herself outside of Christine's shadow, Isabelle sparks a feud between the two careerists with drastic consequences. So begins an intricate chess match of hints, allegations, innuendo, and dramatic backroom conversations. Christine attempts to squash her former protégé back into obscurity and Isabelle maneuvers to step into her own spotlight subverting her malicious boss.

If you have a weakness for 'who dunnits' or intricate true crime methodologies, then Love Crime is your guilty pleasure come true. However, if you have only passing interest in the above mentioned genre, then you can take or leave this film. The script is sharp, the acting is a pleasure to watch, and the intense, hushed French conversations will keep you immersed, but there is not much more to it.

Isabelle's relationship with Christine reminded me a bit of the earlier Ludivine Sagnier role in Swimming Pool, but instead of Charlotte Rampling, this time you get a much more assertive Kristin Scott Thomas. There are also direct reminders of The Business of Strangers with Stockard Channing and Julia Stiles.

Sagnier redeems herself in this audience member's eye from her disastrous work in The Devil's Double. While that was a good film, her character and acting drastically impacted its plausibility. Plausibility is also a factor here in Love Crime. There are overreactions you would never see in reality but the intricate follow through in the malevolent details make up for a good portion of disbelief.


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