Brian De Palma has said he'll be remaking this office-set French thriller into one of his louche affairs---a good thing, because what the original needs is a bit of sizzle. Two alpha females spar for corridor dominance: horrible boss Christine (Scott Thomas) and up-and-coming assistant Isabelle (Sagnier), whose blond vigor registers as a threat (except to play-it-too-cool director Alain Corneau). With tacit agreement, the ladies swap a bed partner, hunky accountant Philippe (Mille), but then the competition turns ugly, straying into video surveillance, public humiliation and---you see it coming for miles---a hot potato of a murder.
Love Crime soon plummets into a flashback-laden mess, a shame since it was marginally stronger as a psychosexual game of dominance. Give a nod to the two female leads, whom you suspect would be having a wilder time than Corneau allows. Scott Thomas manages to turn her crisp character's vulnerability into a side that's squirm-inducing and dangerous, while Sagnier slowly reveals hidden guile. (Neither would last long on TV's cold-blooded Damages.) Corneau passed away only weeks after his film's release in France; you could better honor him by seeking out 2003's Fear and Trembling, a corporate drama that could eat this one for power lunch.
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|Release date:||Wednesday March 2 2011|
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|Cast:||Kristin Scott Thomas