Rien ne va plus (The Swindle) (1997)
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The 50th film from legendary French New Wave writer and director Claude Chabrol is a typically Hitchcockian comic thriller about a pair of con artists. Up to now, the duo of Betty (Isabelle Huppert) and Victor (Michel Serrault) have contented themselves to small scams at hotel conventions, such as spiking the drink of a gambler, then rolling him for his winnings after he follows the flirtatious Betty back to his room and passes out. It then develops that, for the past year, without telling
Oct 24, 1997 Wide
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A work of superb yet unpretentious film craftsmanship by a past master and an impeccable cast and crew.
Even when it threatens to sink into the familiar mechanics of a double-dealing heist story, Chabrol keeps curiosity piqued, the actors delightful and the outcome in sufficient question.
Like The Grifters and Bound, The Swindle succeeds because, in addition to telling an engaging crime story with vivid characters, it never takes itself too seriously.
This is a piece of fluff that dissolves like a sugar cube as you watch it.
As a cinematic confection from one of the masters, it's cotton candy, evaporating before it ever gets good.
The Swindle might not be a deep film, but it makes no missteps in showing us the steps these two small time crooks take as they attempt to pull off a big time con.
Você pode até não rir durante a projeção, mas sairá do cinema com um sorriso de lado, admirado com a esperteza - e falta de escrúpulos - daquele casal tão simpático.
It's another wickedly humorous psychological thriller that provides a showy part for [Chabrol's] favorite star, Isabelle Huppert.
Chabrol's plot is silly, wholly unbelievable even for light fare, and downright confounding.
Pleases the eye without ever awakening the mind, offering a delicately told tale of intrigue and corruption without ever awakening the basic human passions which are supposedly its subject.
While the film's leisurely pace makes some of the more dramatic scenes seem a little flat, the talented cast ultimately overcomes the film's shortcomings.
Illustrates the way that comedy is serious business, divulging remarkable intelligence to viewers about the human condition.
Trust no one. Suspect everyone. It will still have one more angle to unfold that you will not anticipate.
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