Place Vendome

  • 1998
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Crime, Drama

Sophisticated intrigue as cool and elegant as its ageless star, Catherine Deneuve. She plays Marianne, the unstable wife of Parisian diamond broker Vincent Malivert (Bernard Fresson), who's suspected of fencing stolen diamonds. Vincent escapes his problems by plowing his car into a truck, leaving Marianne with the diamonds, and his brother and partner Eric...read more

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Sophisticated intrigue as cool and elegant as its ageless star, Catherine Deneuve. She plays Marianne, the unstable wife of Parisian diamond broker Vincent Malivert (Bernard Fresson), who's suspected of fencing stolen diamonds. Vincent escapes his problems by

plowing his car into a truck, leaving Marianne with the diamonds, and his brother and partner Eric (Francois Berleand) with the unenviable task of handling a powerful cartel of very dangerous men who'd like to see their stones returned. Twenty years earlier, Marianne was a cunning diamond dealer

herself, but got into big trouble with her then-boyfriend, Battistelli (Jacques Dutronc), and has spent the past 20 years either drunk or in a psychiatric hospital. Now a widow whom fate has handed shot at a second chance, Marianne sobers up, pulls herself together and dares to sell the diamonds

on her own. This exquisitely poised film, the third from actress-turned-director Nicole Garcia (star of Jacques Rivette's MON ONCLE D'AMERIQUE), is crawling with suspicious characters. Not one, it seems, is without an ulterior motive or a guilty conscience, including the strange repo man

(Jean-Pierre Bacri) who takes a sudden interest in Marianne, and his ex-girlfriend Nathalie (Emmanuelle Seigner), who just happens to work as a salesperson at the Malivert brothers' swanky shop in the Place Vendome. It all adds up to an engaging mystery, but what lingers when the film is finished

isn't the tangle of distrust, betrayal and revenge; you're left instead with a haunting sense of regret for past mistakes. Deneuve has never been better, and her performance, which ranges from unhinged to coldly calculating, netted her the Best Actress Award at the 1998 Venice Film Festival.

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  • Released: 1998
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Sophisticated intrigue as cool and elegant as its ageless star, Catherine Deneuve. She plays Marianne, the unstable wife of Parisian diamond broker Vincent Malivert (Bernard Fresson), who's suspected of fencing stolen diamonds. Vincent escapes his problems… (more)

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