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Super Reviewer
February 14, 2016
In the modern revision of Hansel and Gretel, seductive Alice pressured sexually confused Luc into murdering their classmate whom she claimed has raped her. Their attempt to hide the body and escape the police led them into a dangerous hut in the rural forest owned by a strange man
they soon find themselves in a dangerous trap worse than being caught by the police, or is it?

Arguably Ozon's breakthrough film into the mainstream, it's incredibly weird as his other films but somewhat more thought provoking and artistic. The editing was more mature, the storytelling was pretty good too though could really be shortened and less repetitive. Not for the faint-hearted.
April 10, 2015
Highly original and unforgettable low budget film.
½ July 25, 2012
Filme francês, de François Ozon, com um roteiro interessante.
July 2, 2012
not for the faint-hearted or easily offended. most disturbing scene visually? skinning of the rabbit.
not one of my favorite ozons.
January 2, 2012
Not as good as future Ozon works but still have the subtlety and layered messages that he's very well famous for.
½ December 7, 2011
Fascinating portrayal by Ozon
April 18, 2011
This film touches a lot of topics, and needs time to be directed properly. A seemingly common motif of a criminal couple and a murder 'for the sake of it' but ... with a different twist to it. Or many different twists. For me sometimes too many. A very strong picture.
February 12, 2011
Worst French movie I have ever seen. A complete absurdity.
November 3, 2010
A art house/LGBT subversion and modernization of the archetypal fairy tale, Ozon at the helm manages to shock and awe. A forest, a mirror, a bridge, a princess, a "troll"- Ozon brings in these basic elements of lore but brings a level of realism so we can only half recognize them. We are shown things of great beauty but on the flip side,we are shown one of the most horrific sex scenes in recent memory, similar in ickiness to Denis' Trouble Every Day. All in all, this film is a brilliant take on contemporary issues using a fairy tale format: it fits in with recent Bluebeard as much as it's kin of the French Extremity.
½ September 20, 2010
Inspired by 'Hansel & Gretel' fairy tale as told by Brothers Grimm, Les Amants Criminels was quirky and uncanny, filled with sexual tensions and complex. Though the ending was not quite unexpected, as I had expected, this semi-thriller, coming-of-age movie was undeniably fresh.
½ August 15, 2010
Un des Ozon que je préfère ! Une histoire d'ogre-amant...
Super Reviewer
May 13, 2010
Reading this synopsis will make anyone think they can write a screenplay. not good.
May 10, 2010
Un viaje raro que te atrapa primero por el lado sexual hasta que te das cuenta de que todo lo que hace Alice es realmente sádico y es una relación enfermiza. En realidad llego a pensar que es el descubrimiento sexual de Luc, un joven inadaptado social.

En los primero 20 minutos aparece una mano, como si fuera la mano de la cámara y uno de verdad cree que puede ser alguien, sin embargo cuando ambos miran hacia ese punto no ven nada, o hubieran reaccionado de otra forma. Luego entiendes que era el hombre de la cabaña, mas no queda claro si es una alucinación de los dos o realmente existía porque ambos se encuentran encerrados en una especie de demonio interno, pero el de Luc.

Cuando sale de esa cabaña realmente parece liberarse y parece capaz de todo por Alice, que bien al principio lo hace con un dejo de inseguridad, al final lo hace totalmente seguro de ello.

Extrañamente narrada como una cebolla en el que no te deja Ozon descubrir todo hasta el final y creo que usa bastante bien el flashback porque cada uno de estos va inmediatamente antes de que el personaje se enfrente a una situación similar.
½ January 4, 2010
Kekses Grytutes ir savyje nesusipratusio patiklaus naivuolio Jonuko meiles istorija pasiklydus miskuose ir radus "prieglobsti" pas pikta dede su barzda. Didelis abdurdiskas tragikomiskas misinys. Originalu, ka cia ir bepridursi.
½ November 1, 2009
Strange and disturbing.
½ October 5, 2009
Hansel and Gretel meets Natural Born Killers, but both are better than this confusing, pointless and pretentious modern bloody fairy tale, bad acted (except for Miki Manojlovic), written and filmed.
September 5, 2009
Francois Ozon's weakest....
July 2, 2009
Sadistic kind of fairy tale. Very tonally similar to Argento's Opera. A s&m love story.
½ June 10, 2009
Filme francês, de François Ozon, com um roteiro interessante.
½ March 14, 2009
Not Ozon's best work, but still very watchable.
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