Roman de gare (2007) - Rotten Tomatoes

Roman de gare (2007)



Critic Consensus: Claude Lelouch has crafted an engaging thriller about murder and romance with plenty of stylistic panache.

Movie Info

Claude Lelouch's thriller Roman de Gare (aka Crossed Tracks) features a number of characters and a timeline that skips back and forth, keeping the audience guessing as to how these characters all relate to each other. Fanny Ardant plays a novelist named Judith whose famous works might have been ghost-written by a serial killer dubbed "The Magician" for his habit of performing acts of prestidigitation in front of his victims. Early in the film, the police quiz her about her relationship with the criminal. Other characters include a hairdresser (Audrey Dana) who offers to give a ride to a stranger who may be the killer.more
Rating: R (for brief language and sexual references)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Claude Lelouch, Pierre Uytterhoeven
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 1, 2009
Box Office: $1.7M
Samuel Goldwyn Films - Official Site


Dominique Pinon
as Pierre Laclos / Loui...
Fanny Ardant
as Judith Ralitzer
Audrey Dana
as Huguette
Michèle Bernier
as Florence, la soeur
Myriam Boyer
as La mère d'Huguette
Zinedine Soualem
as Le commissaire
Marc Rioufol
as Le propriétaire du v...
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News & Interviews for Roman de gare

Critic Reviews for Roman de gare

All Critics (74) | Top Critics (29)

Lelouch is now 71 years old, and I bet he's never had as much fun with a film. Roman de Gare threads plots and characters and twists together like a demented weaver.

Full Review… | August 22, 2008
Top Critic

Even if the game isn't entirely successful, it's fun to play along.

June 27, 2008
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Forty years after his breakout success as a filmmaker, Claude Lelouch makes something of a comeback with his playful and sexy whodunit, Roman de Gare.

Full Review… | June 6, 2008
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Lelouch's splintered narrative, mostly related in flashback, plays games with the characters without delivering much of a payoff.

Full Review… | August 15, 2011
East Bay Express

Stylist Claude Lelouche (A Man and a Woman) is still full of surprises in his choice of genres and subjects.

Full Review… | August 9, 2011

The air of Gallic nonchalance ensures you have a lot of fun watching Pinon and Ardant match wits. It's Dana, however, who anchors the story.

Full Review… | November 14, 2008
Sydney Morning Herald

Audience Reviews for Roman de gare

At the end of act one we discover the answers to many of the film's questions: is this guy a rapist on the run, a ghost writer, or a man abandoning his family? Structurally, this is awfully early to answer so many questions that have such import on the ensuing action. But the rest of the film does not disappoint. Despite its structural flaws, it's still able to re-invent itself as it moves along. Exceptional performances by he of the interesting-looking face, Dominique Pinon, and Audrey Dana, who plays the emotionally damaged but still somehow indomitable Huguette, keep us caring about these characters no matter what story imprisons them.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer


a quite well plotted and acted thriller.

Stefanie C

Super Reviewer


Seemed promising to me, but ended up as just another not-so-bad drama. It's okay for one time watch though.

familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

Roman de gare Quotes

Judith Ralitzer: A good crime beats a bad divorce.
– Submitted by Frances H (3 years ago)
Judith Ralitzer: I'm dying of envy. I feel like killing you..
– Submitted by Frances H (3 years ago)
Huguette: I'll get cancer, you'll get gas. Life's a bitch.
– Submitted by Frances H (3 years ago)
Judith Ralitzer: [answer the interview question: what inspired you?] I don't know. Perhaps God inspired me.
– Submitted by Frances H (3 years ago)

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