Le Lieu du crime (Scene of the Crime) (1986) - Rotten Tomatoes

Le Lieu du crime (Scene of the Crime) (1986)

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Scene of the Crime (Le Lieu du Crime) begins with a quote from Great Expectations. Thirteen-year-old Nicolas Giraudi, picking flowers in a cemetery, is surprised by escaped criminal Wadeck Stanczak, who orders the boy to bring him some money. Displaying no signs of fear, Giraudi does what he is told, and as a "reward" his life is spared by the convict. Later on, Stanczak gets stinking drunk at a road house managed by Giraudi's mother, Catherine Deneuve. Fascinated by Stanczak, Deneuve arranges for the fugitive to take a room at a local hotel. On the day that Giraudi is to receive his first communion, his mother plans to run off with Stanczak. The climactic set-to between criminals and police has the negatory effect of separating Giraudi from his mother; on a more positive note, however, the boy has been drawn closer to his father Victor Lanoux, whom Deneuve despised. The dreamlike, new wave-ish Scene of the Crime is a lot more complex than this skeletal synopsis would suggest.

Cast

Catherine Deneuve
as Lili Ravenel
Danielle Darrieux
as The Grandmother
Jean Bousquet
as Grandfather
Jacques Nolot
as Father Sorbier
Christine Paolini
as Suzan (uncredited)
Philippe Landoulsi
as The Inspector
Michel Grimaud
as Roger, the server
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Critic Reviews for Le Lieu du crime (Scene of the Crime)

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

You can get away with all sorts of improbabilities in a plot if you crank up the style so it's clear the movie is having fun with itself. But Scene of the Crime has an earnest and realistic tone.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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The overall presentation of the film is certainly competent and even somewhat captivating.

Full Review… | January 17, 2008
Combustible Celluloid

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