Review: Love Crime @ Chapter
Director: Alain Corneau
With: Ludivine Sagnier, Kristin Scott Thomas, Patrick Mille, Gerald Laroche
15, 104 mins
The first point that surprised me about this film was that I wasn’t aware that Kristin Scott Thomas spoke French. It seems she has a back catalogue going back a few years in the language. You’d think she was a first language speaker of it with how well she uses it.
But this film is quite a shocker and with an immense coldness to it that leaves people unsettled. Thomas plays a nasty piece of work as a boss who is willing to put her employee Isabelle (played by the gorgeous Ludivine Sagnier) through absolutely anything. Although they are a sort of item, any love for Isabelle is soon turned into intense hate and manipulation. It has some shocking moments and Isabelle’s actions are justified to an extent, as to the outcome of their relationship.
An English language version has now been made called Passion. I doubt it would have intensity of the original. The original name of this film is Crime d’amour, which as always with French sounds better than the English.
It's one of those films that lose a fair deal of urgency after the crime has been committed. It somehow becomes more slow-paced and uninterested. A spark of intrigue is left, but the dynamic between the two female leads is its own right in seeing this film. Perhaps some would describe it as the French, Lesbian Secretary.