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Scene of the Crime

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  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • A crumbling family in the rural countryside of France is catapulted into a world of crime and high drama in Andr Tchin's (ALICE AND MARTIN, WILD REEDS) finely tuned melodrama SCENE OF THE CRIME. When teenage Thomas, in the midst of a his parents' divorce and the difficulty of puberty, is startled on a solitary walk by escaped convict Martin, his internal troubles are reflected and magnified by the drama that ensues. Martin demands that Thomas return with enough money for train fare, and when Thomas does so, he is nearly killed by Martin's accomplice, Luc. Lily, Thomas's mother, runs a disco in town and struggles to raise Thomas while balancing the newfound freedom she's gleaned from her divorce. Meanwhile, Martin emerges from his violent encounter with Thomas, bumps into Lily, and both fall passionately in love. As tangled impulses and promises grow more intense and the implications of each character's quest for freedom escalates, the film unfurls a devastating portrait of the constraints both of childhood and of bourgeois morality.
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  • Credits
    Catherine Deneuve, Catherine Dorlac, Wadeck Stanczak, Danielle Darrieux, Victor Lanoux
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Techine's elegant thriller SCENE OF THE CRIME is alive with danger and sexual possibility....Striking..."
    New York Times

    "...Stylishly crafted....Techine's direction is even better than it was in RENDEZVOUS..."
    Variety

    "...SCENE OF THE CRIME provides Deneuve with one of the best roles of her career....As somber as it is impressively distinctive in its telling..."
    Los Angeles Times

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