Love Crime (7/10)
by Tony Medley
Run time 107 minutes.
OK for children. In this
complex interpersonal tale set in the corporate world, Ludivine Sagnier
gets show that she can actually act with her shirt on (Susan Sarandon
once said that when an actress takes off her shirt she is always
upstaged by her breasts). In truth, although American audiences would
not know it, the lovely Ludivine has been acting since she was 10 years
old, before she first appeared topless before the camera. She might
regret her topless romp in Swimming Pool (2003), because it was
followed by several other movies that contain partial nudity. The result
was that she was viewed by some American audiences akin to Brigitte
Here, playing an upwardly
mobile corporate executive, working for Kristin Scott Thomas, she
exhibits chops of which the sexy Brigitte could only dream. Thomas gives
a fine performance as an older senior executive in a multinational
company doing complicated deals worldwide. While they start out as
friends, they quickly descend into mortal enemies.
Director Alain Corneau, who
also wrote with Natalie Carter, tells a story of the relationship
between two people that starts out as a simple story of personal
ambition and feuds within a corporation but slowly segues into a
Byzantine tale of envy and revenge. Sagnier shows a range of emotion
that reaches surprising depth.
While the film often drags, it
is cleverly plotted and is ultimately rewarding. In French.