Thieves (Les Voleurs) (1996)

Thieves (Les Voleurs) (1996)




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A tale of murder, dysfunctional siblings and a love triangle. Catherine Deneuve, Daniel Auteuil, Laurence Cote, Fabienne Babe, Julien Riviere, Benoit Magimal, Didier Bezace, Ivan Desney. A.k.a. "Les Voleurs." Directed by Andre Techine.
R (For strong sexuality, some violent moments and language.)
Art House & International , Drama , Romance
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Catherine Deneuve
as Marie LaBlanc
Laurence Côte
as Juliette Fontana
Fabienne Babe
as Mireille
Benoît Magimel
as Jimmy Fontana
Ivan Desny
as Victor
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Critic Reviews for Thieves (Les Voleurs)

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

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… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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.

December 31, 1999
USA Today
Top Critic

What I am interested in is showing people who are alive and therefore in conflict.

Full Review… | April 11, 2002

[An] overly complex pseudo-thriller.

Full Review… | February 28, 2002
Goatdog's Movies

There is never enough reason for the audience to care about these people, and everyone speaks in circles when some straight-up conversation might be better.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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October 25, 2008

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
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.

Jim rin
Jim rin

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