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Roman de Gare (Crossed Tracks) (2007)



Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 74
Fresh: 65 | Rotten: 9

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


Average Rating: 7.1/10
Critic Reviews: 28
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 5

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



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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


Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Claude Lelouch, Pierre Uytterhoeven

Mar 1, 2009


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All Critics (74) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (65) | Rotten (9) | DVD (3)

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.

August 22, 2008 Full Review Source:
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Even if the game isn't entirely successful, it's fun to play along.

June 27, 2008
Miami Herald
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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.

June 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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Lelouch and his longtime writing partner, Pierre Uytterhoeven, slyly exploit and subvert audience expectations.

May 30, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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I think I understand the alternative realities of the plot, and I concede the loose ends are tied up, sort of, but I didn't care.

May 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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Don't go to the theater expecting too much and you can't help but leave with a smile on your face.

May 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
Arizona Republic
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Lelouch's splintered narrative, mostly related in flashback, plays games with the characters without delivering much of a payoff.

August 15, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

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

August 9, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

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.

November 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

An engaging, enjoyable slice of suspense from the French.

November 14, 2008 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

Is it supposed to be funny, tragic or what? Even the characters don't seem too sure.

November 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

There's a lushness and emotional charge here that makes this very watchable. Don't expect poetry, though; it's more like a good crossword puzzle.

November 7, 2008 Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

It's surprising, enthralling, intriguing, blackly droll, and a rattling good yarn.

November 7, 2008 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

Red herrings abound and audience frustration sets in. It's a pity because the film looks good and the Gilbert Becaud songs on the soundtrack are easy on the ear.

November 7, 2008 Full Review Source: The Australian
The Australian

It's filled with intriguing characters, it has a fascinating initial premise -- and then it runs off the rails.

November 7, 2008 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

The thriller elements that become the crucial threads in the third act are a bit clunky and the resolution is not convincing, either dramatically or romantically, but the film is nonetheless an entertaining journey

October 31, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Lelouch surprises us at every turn and we never know where the story is going to take us.

October 31, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

It's too bad you can't shove a new theatrical release into your beach bag, as if it were a well-worn paperback.

September 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Pajiba

The ever-appealing Fanny Ardant and the enigmatic, pug-faced character actor Dominique Pinon have many subtle delights up their sleeves, and newcomer Audrey Dana is a revelation.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

... about the creation of fiction, the way we spin lies together into a simulacrum of life - if there's any philosophical point of view beyond that it's that every narrative is necessarily an abridgment of truth.

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

What's especially clever about the plotting is that anything that proves to be merely a red herring is then incorporated into another storyline.

July 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

If this kind of storytelling is your cup of absinthe, Claude Lelouch makes it easy to sip appreciatively.

July 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer
Charlotte Observer

In many ways, Lelouch's film is -- in its somewhat old-fashioned way (which isn't a pejorative) -- the most bracing dose of cinema I've seen all year.

July 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Provides one of the year's more memorable movie moments: a simple shot of a barn, overlaid with both the soothing crooning of a Gilbert Becaud pop song and the terrified squeals of a hog being slaughtered.

July 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Audience Reviews for Roman de Gare (Crossed Tracks)

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.
February 15, 2011
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

a quite well plotted and acted thriller.
May 4, 2009

Super Reviewer

Seemed promising to me, but ended up as just another not-so-bad drama. It's okay for one time watch though.
February 13, 2009

Super Reviewer

    1. Judith Ralitzer: A good crime beats a bad divorce.
    – Submitted by Frances H (16 months ago)
    1. Judith Ralitzer: I'm dying of envy. I feel like killing you..
    – Submitted by Frances H (16 months ago)
    1. Huguette: I'll get cancer, you'll get gas. Life's a bitch.
    – Submitted by Frances H (16 months ago)
    1. Judith Ralitzer: [answer the interview question: what inspired you?] I don't know. Perhaps God inspired me.
    – Submitted by Frances H (16 months ago)
    1. Judith Ralitzer: I'm in custody because I had an alcoholic ghostwriter, who couldn't even swim.
    – Submitted by Frances H (16 months ago)
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