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Criminal Lovers

Criminal Lovers

A Feature film by François Ozon

Produced by Fidélité Films

Release in France : 18/08/1999


    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

    Actors (4)

    Production and distribution (3)

    Executive Producer :

    Fidélité Films

    French distribution :

    Mars Distribution

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Tamasa Distribution

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    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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    Runtime :

    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

    Göteborg Film Festival - 2000

    Göteborg Film Festival (Sweden, 2000)


    Films selected

    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

    FIFF - 1999

    FIFF (Belgium, 1999)


    Official Competition

    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)


    Cinema of Tomorrow