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Hanging Offense (2003)

Cette femme-là (original title)
A fifty-year-old police officer, Michèle Varin, finds herself in a highly depressive state due to the death of her young son a few years ago. In one way or another she feels guilty for his ... See full summary »

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Guillaume Nicloux
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Josiane Balasko ... Michèle Varin
Éric Caravaca ... Sylvain Bazinsky
Ange Rodot Ange Rodot ... Léo Kopmans
Aurélien Recoing ... L'homme de l'identité judiciaire
Frédéric Pierrot ... Daniel
Thierry Lhermitte ... François Manéri
Didier Abot Didier Abot ... Homme bus
Dominique Bettenfeld ... Dalton 2
Pascal Bongard ... Evens
Stéphane Comby Stéphane Comby ... Policier sandwich
Béatrice Chauvin Béatrice Chauvin ... Femme buste (as Béatrice Chauvin-Ballay)
Corinne Debonnière Corinne Debonnière ... Catherine
Florence Denou Florence Denou ... Policière gantée
Pascal Demolon Pascal Demolon ... Dalton 1
Scali Delpeyrat ... Médecin légiste
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A fifty-year-old police officer, Michèle Varin, finds herself in a highly depressive state due to the death of her young son a few years ago. In one way or another she feels guilty for his death and feels particularly bad every four years during the period of time around 29th February, the anniversary date of the boy's demise. Such is her unenviable condition when she is assigned a trying ordeal (at least for her):investigating the case of a woman found hanging from a tree in a forest. Horror follows her trail, but to what extent is this reality or one of those nightmares she has and her shrink has been unable to rid her of? Written by Guy Bellinger

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15 October 2003 (France) See more »

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2.35 : 1
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The mystery is the dark mind of an adult woman
24 August 2004 | by abisioSee all my reviews

`Cette-femme la ` is a surprising thriller. Different to anything you see lately. The movie plays with the spectator, instead of letting be just a witness; and in the game is comes the over the top suspense.

A forty plus years old police officer, is in a highly depressive state due to his son dead years ago. We never know exactly how, but it seems guilt is all over her.

In one anniversary, Michele (the outstanding Josianne Balasko) becomes more and more obsessed with suicide. Everything around her seems to suggest it is time to end her life. A mysterious crime in the forest, turn up a series of coincidences and deaths, that we are never sure if they are real or in the woman's mind.

The movie becomes darker every second, but it is better not explain more, otherwise it will ruin the perfectly crafted suspense. Just a comment; as in another outstanding thriller (`Skin Deep' from the Peruvian director Lombardi), the police plot is secondary to the real story in the movie.


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