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L'homme qu'on aimait trop (2014)

R | | Crime, Drama | 8 May 2015 (USA)
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Agnès Le Roux, a young independent woman, returns to Nice in 1976 to have a new start in her life after a failed marriage. All while falling in love with an older lawyer.

Director:

André Téchiné

Writers:

Cédric Anger (screenplay), Jean-Charles Le Roux (book) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Guillaume Canet ... Maurice Agnelet
Catherine Deneuve ... Renée Le Roux
Adèle Haenel ... Agnès Le Roux
Judith Chemla ... Françoise
Mauro Conte Mauro Conte ... Mario
Jean Corso Jean Corso ... Fratoni
Hugo Sablic Hugo Sablic ... Fils Agnelet adulte
Jean-Pierre Getti Jean-Pierre Getti ... Président du tribunal
Pascal Mercier Pascal Mercier ... Guérin
Tamara De Leener Tamara De Leener ... Madeleine
Jean-Marie Tiercelin Jean-Marie Tiercelin ... Briault
Peter Bonke Peter Bonke ... Directeur de banque
Laetitia Rosier Laetitia Rosier ... Annie
Noël Simsolo Noël Simsolo ... Avocat Agnelet
Yani Redjala Yani Redjala ... Avocat Renée
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Nice, 1976. Agnès Le Roux, daughter of the owner of the Palais de la Méditerranée, falls in love with a beautiful lawyer ten years his senior Maurice Agnelet. It has other links, she loves to madness. Against a background of war casinos, he connects with Fratoni, sour competitor of his mother, who offers him three million francs to take control of the casino. Agnes accepts but resents his betrayal. Maurice away. After a suicide attempt, the young woman disappears ... Written by Official site

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, nudity and some language. | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

8 May 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

French Riviera See more »

Filming Locations:

Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$61,960, 29 May 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$275,376, 21 June 2015
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Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Agnès as a 12 year old dancer has dark brown eyes; as a woman light green/blue eyes. See more »

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Concerto for Strings in G 'Alla Rustica', RV 151
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Betrayal and Murder-Mystery
28 May 2015 | by David FergusonSee all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. The best French films excel at showing how relationships and personality traits can get intertwined to create a big mess where only a small blip once existed. Based on the book by Renee LeRoux, this film from decorated director Andre Techine is self-described "fiction based on real events" and follows the events that began in 1976, and the fallout over a murder-mystery during the next thirty plus years.

Catherine Deneuve plays Renee LeRoux, the owner of a casino in Nice, and mother to Agnes (Adele Haenel). Agnes returns home from Africa after a split from her husband. She is strong-willed and free-spirited, and intent on cashing out her share of the casino to open her own little shop.

Mother and daughter are tormented by their lack of a close relationship, and this frustration intensifies due to the pressure on Mom's casino business applied by local mobster Fratoni (Jean Corso), and even moreso thanks to the romantic relationship that brews between Mom's trusted business adviser Maurice Agnelet (Guillaume Canet) and the much younger Agnes.

Maurice is a well-known (and admitted) Lothario and his business savvy manages to maneuver Agnes into betraying her mother at a crucial time. This betrayal leaves both Maurice and Agnes with a substantial financial gain, while Mom loses her casino. Agnes devolves into obsessed-lover and stalker, while Maurice is content to continue playing the field and enjoy his riches. Soon enough, Agnes disappears without a trace, and of course her mother suspects Maurice has killed her. With no body and no evidence, there can be no murder charges, and this sets Renee on a lifelong mission of proving him guilty.

It's nice to see Ms. Deneuve take on this role, and the best scenes involve her interactions with Ms. Haenel and Mr. Canet (who wrote and directed the 2006 gem Tell No One). The interactions between these characters is fascinating to watch, and provides some insight to the not-always-positive side of human beings. It's also a sign of the times as cigarette smoke is present (sometimes in mass quantities) in most every scene, and the French version of "Stand By Me" fits perfectly in a rare moment that lacks tension. The final act provides quite a statement on the justice system in France, though one hates to jump to conclusions based on a few minutes of a movie.


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