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Criminal Lovers

Criminal Lovers

A Feature film by François Ozon

Produced by Fidélité Films

Release in France : 18/08/1999

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Fidélité Films

French distribution :

Mars Distribution

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Celluloid Dreams

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Once upon a time in a provincial town there lived a girl named Alice. One day Alice decided to convince Luc, her young, impressionable boyfriend, to kill Said, a classmate who was a real show-off. They staged a macabre scene and did the terrible deed. Then they went on the run, only to discover chaos where they had imagined a fantasy life as outlaws


Alice in "Criminal Lovers" is fascinating – both diabolical and childish. She is provocative, determined, manipulative. She represents the perverse side of all of us, that fascinating, frightening perversity. There are times when I'd like to be like her. But for the same reasons I don't ever want to resemble her. Alice has a problem with desire. On the one hand, she stimulates it in an outrageous way so that nothing happens, and on the other she goes so far as to kill the object of her desire. Playing such a character inevitably means confronting your own sensuality. For this film, François asked us to remain as blank as possible – we trusted him to draw us into his universe, knowing that he'd take great care of our own contributions to the character and our own personal limits. Acting is related to childhood . . . a forest that conjures up special moments and memories. I'd like to thank François Ozon for allowing us to live his fairy tale.

Natacha Régnier

Full credits (10)

Executive Producers :

Olivier Delbosc, Marc Missonnier

Sound Recordist :

François Guillaume

Editor :

Dominique Petrot

Music Composer :

Philippe Rombi

French Distributor :

Stéphane Célérier

Screenwriter :

François Ozon

Press Attaché (film) :

Agnès Chabot

Production Designer :

Arnaud de Moleron

Costume designer :

Pascaline Chavanne

Still Photographer :

Jean-Claude Moireau

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Feature film

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100% French (France)

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1 h 30 min

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Dolby SR

Posters (1)



Festival Selections (9)

Istanbul Film Festival - 2000

Istanbul Film Festival (Turkey , 2000)


Young Stars of World Cinema

BFI London Film Festival - 1999

BFI London Film Festival (Great Britain, 1999)


Films selected

Mostra - São Paulo International Film Festival - 1999

Mostra - São Paulo International Film Festival (Brazil, 1999)


Official International Selection

Tokyo - International Film Festival - 1999

Tokyo - International Film Festival (Japan, 1999)


World Cinema

TIFF - 1999

TIFF (Canada, 1999)


Contemporary World Cinema

Venice International Film Festival  - 1999

Venice International Film Festival (Italy, 1999)


Non-competitive Section

Montreal World Film Festival - 1999

Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1999)


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