Thieves (Les Voleurs) (1996)

Thieves (Les Voleurs)




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Movie Info

This challenging French film starts out like a standard crime drama but soon evolves into a complex exploration of the ways in which a murder impacts the lives of the four people most involved, one of whom is a child.

Rating: R (For strong sexuality, some violent moments and language.)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International
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Written By: Andre Techine, Michel Alexandre, Pascal Bonitzer, Gilles Taurand
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as Marie Leblanc

as Juliette Fontana

as Mireille

as Jimmy Fontana

as Victor
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Techine involves us in a subtle, gradual process of discovery; each piece changes the relationship of the others. He is so wise about these criminals, he makes the bad guys in most American films look like cartoon characters.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Deneuve gives one of her best performances ever, though she's not exactly the movie's focus. Of the many pleasures here, one is trying to guess just who the dramatic focal point is.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
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Audience Reviews for Thieves (Les Voleurs)

Stars two of my favorite actors--Daniel Auteuil and Catherine Deneuve. The backward storyline is handled expertly to provide insight into the characters and their complex relationships as well as build to the tension of the central heist and its aftermath. The word "build" comes to mind because the film is very precise in the order in which it presents each scene.

Effective score featuring edgy violin work. The young boy is quite good at playing an internal, suspicious child who still is figuring out his moral center.

This role for Deneuve is one of the reasons I so admire her career. She continuously chooses work that challenges her and her audience. I read someone else saying that Techine knows how to use Deneuve's beauty and presence so that it's not distracting (like, "Look! It's Catherine Deneuve!") but instead is used to enhance her screen time. I thought that was insightful and perhaps a reason that her pairings with Techine are some of my favorite films.

I couldn't help but see it in the theatre three (?) times and found it wholly absorbing each time.

Persimmon Jones

It was definitely a unique story... Partly about a heist, but the unique part about the movie was that it really delved into the psyche of each of the characters involved and the relationships with the other characters. Definitely a different type of heist movie than the ones which try to be cute or smart. but somehow I wasn't terribly inspired.

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