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Roman de gare (2007)

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Critic Consensus: 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 criminal. Other characters include a hairdresser (Audrey Dana) who offers to give a ride to a stranger who may be the killer.
Rating:
R (for brief language and sexual references)
Genre:
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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In Theaters:
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Box Office:
$1,735,301.00
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Cast

Dominique Pinon
as Pierre Laclos / Louis
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 vignoble
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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
Film.com
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.

June 6, 2008
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Lelouch and his longtime writing partner, Pierre Uytterhoeven, slyly exploit and subvert audience expectations.

Full Review… | May 30, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 23, 2008
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Don't go to the theater expecting too much and you can't help but leave with a smile on your face.

Full Review… | May 22, 2008
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Roman de gare

This French thriller-drama seemed like it had a predictable plot in the beginning. Luckily, it has more to offer than just a suspense. It is a French production after all, directed by the now-senior Claude Lelouch.

Thomas Andrikus
Thomas Andrikus

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
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

½

a quite well plotted and acted thriller.

Stefanie C
Stefanie C

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