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The Swindle

The Swindle

A Feature film by Claude Chabrol

Produced by mk2 films

Release in France : 15/10/1997


    A somewhat offbeat couple, Victor and Betty, live off their wits and small-time swindles. He's a man of sixty, she's half his age; their relationship is wily as a den of thieves. They spend their time driving the length and breadth of France and the neighbouring countries in a camping-car, seeking out, in particular, professional conferences in country towns, where Betty fleeces those she considers ripe for a con. A hitch in one of their operations leads them into a domain they know little about: international money laundering. In this more cut-throat universe, Victor reveals a knack for action and imagination which amazes even himself. Yet here, the joking is over: Betty and Victor will have to save their skins. But will a gleam of morality manage to light this icy world?

    Actors (21)

    Production and distribution (5)

    Executive Producer :

    mk2 films

    Foreign production companies :

    Teleclub AG, Cab Productions, RTS - Radio Télévision Suisse

    French distribution :

    mk2 films

    Co-productions :

    Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Cinéma, TF1 Films Production

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    mk2 films

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    International releases (26)

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    Full credits (19)

    Executive Producer :

    Marin Karmitz

    Adaptation :

    Claude Chabrol

    Co-producers :

    Jean-Louis Porchet, Gérard Ruey

    Sound recordists :

    Jean-Bernard Thomasson, Claude Villand, Jacques Descomps

    Assistant Operator :

    Nicolas Herdt

    Press Attachés (film) :

    Eva Simonet, Monica Donati

    Assistant editors :

    Florence Poulain, Olivier Rossignol

    Production Designer :

    Françoise Benoît-Fresco

    Foley artists :

    André Naudin, Gadou Naudin, Julien Naudin

    Still Photographer :

    Moune Jamet

    Assistant director :

    Cécile Maistre

    Screenwriter :

    Claude Chabrol

    Director of Photography :

    Eduardo Serra

    Sound Assistant :

    Xavier Griette

    Production Manager :

    Yvon Crenn

    Editor :

    Monique Fardoulis

    Continuity supervisor :

    Aurore Chabrol

    Music Composer :

    Matthieu Chabrol

    Costume designer :

    Corinne Jorry

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Fraud, Games

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    Coproducer countries :

    France, Switzerland

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    Nationality :

    Majority French (France, Switzerland)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 45 min

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    Posters (4)


    Festival Selections (5)

    Punta Del Este - International Film Festival - 1998

    Punta Del Este - International Film Festival (Uruguay, 1998)


    Films selected

    Lumiere Awards - 1998

    Lumiere Awards (France, 1998)


    French Films

    Acapulco French Film Festival - 1997

    Acapulco French Film Festival (Mexico, 1997)


    French Feature Films

    San Sebastian International Film Festival - 1997

    San Sebastian International Film Festival (Spain, 1997)


    Official Competition

    Awards (2)

    Lumiere Awards - 1998

    Lumiere Awards (France, 1998)


    Meilleur Acteur : Michel Serrault

    San Sebastian International Film Festival - 1997

    San Sebastian International Film Festival (Spain, 1997)

    Awards (2)

    Golden Shell for Best Film

    Silver Shell for Best Director : Claude Chabrol

    Delegations (2)

    Lumiere Awards - 1998

    Lumiere Awards (France, 1998)