Criminal Lovers

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Alice (Régnier, from Dream Life of Angels) is a provocative bitch, toying with the vulnerable affections of Luc (Rénier), who loves her, he thinks, even if he can't get it up. After she manipulates the murder of another boy, they go on the run in the woods, and the movie turns into a macabre gay fairytale, with nods to everthing from the Brothers Grimm through Night of the Hunter to Texas Chain Saw Massacre. The flashback structure maintains the intrigue, but the movie never rouses much sympathy for its protagonists, and you sense that on some sick level Ozon finds it funny. Accomplished it may be, but it's just too knowing to be truly involving.

By: TCh

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