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Thieves (1996)

Les voleurs (original title)
In the middle of the night, someone brings Ivan's body home to his wife and his sad-faced, jug-eared son. Through flashbacks, the film discloses the relationships among Ivan and his brother... See full summary »

Director:

André Téchiné

Writers:

André Téchiné (dialogue), Gilles Taurand (dialogue) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Deneuve ... Marie Leblanc
Daniel Auteuil ... Alex
Laurence Côte Laurence Côte ... Juliette Fontana
Benoît Magimel ... Jimmy Fontana
Fabienne Babe Fabienne Babe ... Mireille
Didier Bezace Didier Bezace ... Ivan
Julien Rivière Julien Rivière ... Justin
Ivan Desny ... Victor
Régis Betoule Régis Betoule ... Régis
Pierre Perez Pierre Perez ... Fred
Naguime Bendidi Naguime Bendidi ... Nabil
Didier Raymond Didier Raymond ... Lucien
Jean-Louis Meunier Jean-Louis Meunier ... Chanteur 'Tamino'
Eric Kreikenmayer Eric Kreikenmayer ... Adjoint Alex
Jean-Jacques Cravero Jean-Jacques Cravero ... Travesti 1
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Storyline

In the middle of the night, someone brings Ivan's body home to his wife and his sad-faced, jug-eared son. Through flashbacks, the film discloses the relationships among Ivan and his brother Alex, a cop with a cleanliness fetish; siblings Juliette and Jimmy, Ivan's partners in a seedy nightclub; the love triangle of Alex, Juliette, and Marie, a professor of philosophy; and of Alex and his nephew, Ivan's dour, stoic son. Ivan's death changes every relationship. Images of paragliders, sun bathers, and opera suggest an expansive, colorful world outside the constricted lives of these characters. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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C'est important d'avoir un ennemi, c'est meme vital.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality, some violent moments and language | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Sony Pictures Classics

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

25 December 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Thieves See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,018,682

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,018,682
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Catherine Deneuve was hesitant at first to play the character of a woman falling in love for another woman, but Andre Techine managed to convince her. See more »

Quotes

Marie: It's a question of age. You still have several lives ahead of you. I'm not unhappy, though. In fact, I think I'm happier than ever before.
Juliette Fontana: Happier than with a man?
Marie: Yes.
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Connections

Referenced in Les convoyeurs attendent (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

O ew'ge Nacht, wann wirst du schwinden?
(From the opera "Die Zauberflöte" Act 1, tableau 3 , No. 8)
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder
Performed by Uwe Heilmann (Tenor) and Vienna State Opera Orchestra (as Wiener Staatsoper Orchestra)
Conducted by Georg Solti (as Sir Georg Solti)
(C)1991 The Decca Record Company Lmited, London
(P)1991 The Decca Record Company Lmited, London
Avec l'aimable autorisation de Decca
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Techine does great crime film
10 May 2002 | by taylor9885See all my reviews

This is a fine effort by Andre Techine describing a messy triangle between a philosophy professor (Deneuve), a grim, harried detective (Auteuil) and the teenaged girl they are both in love with (Laurence Cote). The girl has joined the crime family that the cop has escaped from--Alex's brother has just been killed by police in a shoot-out while trying to steal luxury cars, and Alex must move very carefully when he returns home for the funeral. All these matters are handled very adeptly by the director, whose early works I confess to finding dull and lifeless exercises in style (Barocco!).

I can't say enough about Deneuve's performance; she has left the glamour behind in her 50's and just gives us one fine role after another. Marie makes it clear she has a special affection for Juliette: "I don't love women, I love Juliette." Her tolerance for Alex's clumsy attentions after Juliette's disappearance is beautifully done. Auteuil's attraction is more problematic; you can sense that there hasn't been much affection in his life and allowing Juliette to get close to him endangers his efforts to remain a loner. Finally, praise to Laurence Cote for her bravura blend of elegance and punk-rock; a wonderful new star.


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