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Release Date: December 25, 1996

Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Daniel Auteuil, Laurence Cote, Julien Riviere, & Benoit Magimel

Genre: Drama

Audience: Adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 125 minutes

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Director: Andre Techine

Executive Producer:

Producer: Alain Sarde

Writer: Andre Techine & Gilles Taurand

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Content:

(Pa, Ho, LLL, VV, NN, SS, A) Pagan worldview with homosexual elements about a family of thieves where main character becomes a policeman and is deemed an outcast by his family; 34 obscenities & 2 profanities; suicide, attempted suicide & image of corpse; upper female nudity & obscured full male nudity; depicted fornication, lesbians bathing together & attempted menage a trois; alcohol use; and shoplifting & stealing

Summary:

Set against a back drop of pristine beauty in the French Alps, LES VOLEURS (or THIEVES) is an unsavory drama and is an entry in the 1996 Cannes Film Festival. Numerous flashbacks are used to tell the story of Alex, his family and their companions in an auto theft ring. This movie focuses on immoral sex and stealing, and includes depicted fornication, many obscenities and some violence.

Review:

Set against a back drop of pristine beauty in the French Alps, LES VOLEURS (THIEVES) is an unsavory drama, in stark contrast to its breath taking photography and scenery. Numerous flashbacks are used to tell the story of Alex (Daniel Auteuil), his family, and their companions in an auto theft ring. Starting with ten-year-old Justin (Julien Riviere), who sees his dead father brought home from a robbery that went awry, the story descends to explore the sordid relationships in the family and all who associate with them.

Alex is drawn into a strange sexual liaison with Juliette (Laurence Cote), sister of one of the thieves. The gang of thieves do not approve of their relationship. Meanwhile, complications are added as Alex learns of Juliette’s lesbian affair with a university professor, Marie (Catherine Deneuve).

The same story is alternately narrated from the viewpoint of Justin, Alex, Marie, and Juliette. With the possible exception of Marie, played by the ever beautiful Catherine Deneuve, it is difficult to really care what happens to any of the characters. They are all so despicable. Even little Justin is a gangster in the making who rejects his mother’s love and finally bonds with Juliette’s young brother Jimmy, a hardened criminal. Juliette is a neurotic shoplifter with a fervent loyalty to the thieves, while Alex is so callous in his feelings for others that he can only be pitied.

Only Marie and a few minor characters exhibit a spark of human kindness and concern. However, Marie is tarnished by her anti-male sexism and ultimately commits suicide from despair over her lost love, Juliette.

The story line has many original twists and surprises deftly woven together. However, they only serve to create a tapestry of cynical despair. An official entry at Cannes Film Festival, it is a twisted and perverted drama.

In Brief:

IN BRIEF:

Set against a back drop of pristine beauty in the French Alps, LES VOLEURS or THIEVES, is a unsavory drama and is an entry in the 1996 Cannes Film Festival. Numerous flashbacks are used to tell the story of Alex, his family, and their confederates in an auto theft ring. Starting with ten-year-old Justin, who sees his dead father brought home from a robbery that went awry, the story descends to explore the sordid relationships in the family and all who associate with them. Along the way, Alex is drawn into a rather strange sexual liaison with Juliette, sister of one of the thieves. The gang of thieves do not approve of their relationship. Meanwhile, complications are added as Alex learns of Juliette’s lesbian affair with university professor, Marie (Catherine Deneuve).

Only Marie and a few minor characters exhibit a spark of human kindness and concern. However, Marie’s character is tarnished by her anti-male sexism and ultimately commits suicide from despair over her lost love, Juliette. The story line has many original twists and surprises deftly woven together; however, they only serve to create a tapestry of cynical despair. An official entry at Cannes Film Festival, it contains many obscenities, homosexual and heterosexual scenes, and some violence