Criminal Lovers details
|Starring:||Miki Manojlovic, Jeremie Renier, Natacha Regnier|
|Genres:||Drama - Period, World Cinema - French|
|Studio:||MILLIVRES MULTIMEDIA / LACE|
|Run time:||1 hour 32 minutes|
|Rental release:||Currently unavailable|
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A Sunday afternoon fillerBy Jan from London , 11 Apr 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]If you are bored of watching soap omnibuses on a Sunday afternoon, then you won't go too far wrong with this diverting teen romp.
Alice (a manipulatuve minx if ever there was one) convinces her boyfriend (the easily-led Luc) that they have to kill a school mate and then dump the body, which they duly do. A film told in flash backs then goes on to explore the motives/characters of both Alice and Luc, and this is where the film works. Alice is domineering and obviously unhinged while Luc is the puppy dog who will do anything to gain her approval - though the approval is really a way for Luc to get a handle on his sexuality.
The only other character in the film is the oh-so-creepy woodsman, enough to make any person's skin crawl. There are some sado-masochistic overtones in the wood shed, which you will have to watch - not wanting to give important bits away.
Anyway, not the best film in the world, and definitely not the worst. It passes the time without taxing the brain.
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Teddy bares nitpickBy papatez (293 reviews) from folkestone , 08 Jul 2012Enjoyed it a lot more the second time around and saw a lot more depth in the interaction between characters. Was it just Stockholm syndrome, was Luc exploring his sexuality or struggling to coming to terms with his feelings towards his captor? The final scene almost answers the question but still leaves you hanging. The story line strains credibility in places but, if you can hold your disbelief in check, it's well worth a watch
Ethereal depth..By Dacarius (11 reviews) , 20 Nov 2011I enjoyed this movie, the pace was rapid, approaching dynamic. The acting was excellent and I was constantly wanting to know more about the reason for the first dramatic scene, which is told in simple, clear flash backs. I'd happily watch another movie by the same director and the subtitles didn't cause me any problems.
Grimm tale for grown up kids.By Nitaray (222 reviews) from Farnham , 20 Aug 2011This is a film that caters directly to the current teen/ twenties appetite for blood lust, shock/ horror movies. But directed by Francois Ozon, it is better done than most.
Aliice is a pyscho college student who has a love/hate relationship with an arab boy, Said. When he humiliates her, she concocts a story of rape to enlist the sympathies of another student, Luc, who is easily led, sexually confused, and half in love with her. Together they hatch a plot to kill Said.
The film reminded me of those Grimms fairy tales we read when we were young. Particularly with the arrival of a real live ogre, in this case a terifying woodsman who uncovers their crime. A fine piece of acting here.
At times it is a little laughable, but Ozon performs a delicate balancing act, lacing the horror with just enough humour to soften the edges without losing any of the tension.
Better than average scary movie.
If you go down to the woods today... a modern Grimm fairy taleBy ThePagan (9 reviews) from WORTHING , 21 Aug 2010Dark with a very sharp sense of humour, this film by Francois Ozon enjoys taking on several taboos and confronts some very dark fantasies.
The couple are difficult to like and share the same (a)moral compass, there are many scenes that will make Mary Whitehouse spin in her grave, but the direction and narrative are still able to lift you beyond the horror and entertain.
Not a film for those with a delicate stomach.
Can't say much more with out adding spoilers. Fans of Ozon will mostly appreciate this. This has some themes, the woods & murder, shared with Blair Witch Project, Shallow Grave but is far darker and doesn't let the audience off the hook.
Not a horror film... And definitely not a FrenchBy a customer from OXON , 22 Apr 2009I've seen a few Jeremie Renier films now and think that he's a talented young actor. This film doesn't really do him justice though. If you watch this film for what it is (and accept everything that happens) it's not bad. However, there were so many points in the story where you think to yourself 'this would never happen' that it started to spoil it. Definitely worth a look, but it doesn't do what it says on the tin...
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