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A crumbling family in rural France is catapulted into a world of crime and high stakes drama in Andre Techine's finely tuned psychological mystery. Thomas (Nicolaus Giraudi), a teenager suffering through his parents' divorce, is startled on a country walk


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  • Actors: Catherine Deneuve, Danielle Darrieux, Wadeck Stanczak, Nicolas Giraudi, Jean-Claude Adelin
  • Directors: André Téchiné
  • Writers: André Téchiné, Pascal Bonitzer, Olivier Assayas
  • Producers: Alain Terzian
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.20:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Kino International
  • DVD Release Date: October 1, 2014
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000SIWHB4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,696 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Scene of the Crime" on IMDb

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By LVLMLeah on January 26, 2008
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I saw this movie years ago and I remember that I enjoyed it and felt intrigued by it but felt a bit disappointed by the ending. My question at that time was, why such an ending?

Having seen that this film was re-released on DVD, I bought it and watched with the desire to see what it was about this story that culminates to such an ending. This movie is basically about lost souls whom are all trying to fit into worlds that they don't inherently relate to and the consequences of trying to do so.

Thomas is a young moody and troubled boy who is a victim in his parents divorce and is trying to find his place in the situation. He lies, causes trouble, has no friends and brutally and honestly says what he thinks just to piss people off. One day he accidentally happens upon a young thief hiding out in a crypt in the local cemetery and this thief threatens to harm him if he doesn't bring him money. Being scared, Thomas takes some money to this man, but another thief is there and tries to kill Thomas. The first thief saves Thomas by killing the second thief, his partner in crime. Thomas tells his mother what happened, but she doesn't believe him as most don't, because he's a known liar.

Lili, Thomas' mother, is a woman who is in a legal fight to keep Thomas from the father, who wants to take him from her. She owns a club that the locals don't like and has a reputation as being a bit different. Her parents, especially her mother who is all about being proper, keep trying to get her back with her ex husband, a man whom she despises and who feels no problem about using her vulnerability in wanting to keep their son, to force himself on her.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Littrell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 14, 2002
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The title is a bit misleading since Le lieu du crime is not a noir thriller or a mystery. It is a relationships movie with psychological undertones. Director Andre Techine is especially drawn to the exploration of family affairs featuring naturalistic depictions of human sexuality. For example see My Favorite Season (1993), also starring Catherine Deneuve, in which the central tension, maintained for decades, is that of a brother's unrequited desire for his older sister. Techine is very good at exploring taboo situations without leaving us with a sense of the perverse, and he is able to hint at a deeper, non-expressed sexuality behind ordinary life.
Here Catherine Deneuve stars as Lili Ravenel, who has a 13-year-old son, Thomas (Nicolas Giraudi), who is not doing well at school, a father who no longer cares about people at all, including members of his own family, and a mother who is emotionally close and distant by turns. Lili is estranged from her husband, a man she no longer loves, if ever she did. She is a woman of a certain age who finds diversion in managing a night club. Thus we have the familiar psychology of the bored middle class woman who, we know, will be drawn irresistibly to the excitement of an outsider. Directors who find themselves in the enviable position of directing the beautiful, cool and stately Deneuve seem themselves irresistibly drawn to showing her in compromised situations. I'm thinking of Belle de Jour (1967) and Mississippi Mermaid (1969), directed respectively by Luis Bunuel and Francois Truffaut. In the former Deneuve is a day-tripping prostitute and in the latter she is a criminal on the run. For some odd reason there is something deeply moving about seeing Deneuve give into her baser nature. (I think.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lee, Ti-tsai on January 18, 2008
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In comparison with his later but more mature films, Techine's "Scene of the Crime" is more like a practice piece in the mode of Claude Chabrol. Like "Wild Reeds", "My Favorite Season", and "Strayed", this thriller is set in rural France, the supposedly ideal landscape for impressionist paintings. However, underneath its idyllic and serene exterior lies genuinely shocking but not entirely suspenseful undercurrents intricately interweaving Lili ( played by Catherine Deneuve, the ever gorgeous and increasingly resourceful actress as she is aging ), Martin ( played by one of Techine's regulars in the 80s, the moody actor Wadeck Stanczak, whose portrayal of an escaped criminal is too predictably sentimental and unbelievably one-sided ), Alice ( played by Claire Nebout, whose feral facade and wild gesture is indelibly sensual but whose threesome relaionship with Martin and his accomplice, another escaped prisoner whom Martin accidentlly killed during their brawl over Thomas, is unconvincingly pathological ), Thomas ( Lili's son, played marvelously by newcomer, Nicholas Giraudi),Lili's mother ( played by the legendary Danielle Darrieux, whose stunning "Madame" in Max Ophuls' " Madame de...." is one of the highlights in her long career) , Lili's ex-husband, Maurice ( his projecting of home movie on the wall or on Lili looks contrived ), and Lili's old dad ( Jean Bousquet).

The screenplay was written by Techine, along with another two important figures in French cinema after the New Wave, Pascal Bonitzer and Oliver Assayas. Under these cineastes' influence, the movie is replete with noir allusions ( Ms.
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