Les Voleurs

  • 1996
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama, Thriller

After the back-to-back success d'estime of MA SAISON PREFERE and WILD REEDS, French art-house hotshot Andre Techine brings his awesome powers of visual eloquence and concision to a ho-hum noir tale, which is further hobbled by gloriously French cliches. It's crafted like a crystal, unfolding in a series of overlapping chapters and alternating CITIZEN KANE-like...read more

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After the back-to-back success d'estime of MA SAISON PREFERE and WILD REEDS, French art-house hotshot Andre Techine brings his awesome powers of visual eloquence and concision to a ho-hum noir tale, which is further hobbled by gloriously French cliches. It's

crafted like a crystal, unfolding in a series of overlapping chapters and alternating CITIZEN KANE-like viewpoints, packed with poetic asides and shot and edited with surgical grace: It's only when you stop to catch your breath that you realize how fundamentally thin the whole business is. The

performances are superb, as well: It's just too bad Daniel Auteuil is stuck playing the hackneyed taciturn cop; Catherine Deneuve a world-weary, bisexual philosophy professor (!); and newcomer Laurence Cote the stereotypical, amoral street waif with whom they both fall in love. The character's

interrelations are fraught with coincidence and their fates have long been scrawled on the brains of every pulp thriller fan, with the conspicuous exception of Deneuve's supercool philosophy teacher, a femme fatale only the French would dare take seriously. In all, a gallon of grade-A filmmaking

fuel squandered on unoriginal material, but serious moviegoers will want to take a look.

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  • Released: 1996
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: After the back-to-back success d'estime of MA SAISON PREFERE and WILD REEDS, French art-house hotshot Andre Techine brings his awesome powers of visual eloquence and concision to a ho-hum noir tale, which is further hobbled by gloriously French cliches. It… (more)

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