Love Crime

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Love Crime
Love Crime.jpg
Directed by Alain Corneau
Produced by Saïd Ben Saïd
Alexander Emmert
Written by Natalie Carter
Alain Corneau
Starring Ludivine Sagnier
Kristin Scott Thomas
Cinematography Yves Angelo
Release dates
  • 18 August 2010 (2010-08-18)
Running time 106 minutes
Country France
Language French
Budget €6,970,000
Box office $3,608,661[1]

Love Crime (French: Crime d'amour) is a 2010 French psychological suspense thriller starring Ludivine Sagnier and Kristin Scott Thomas. It is the last film directed by Alain Corneau, and was released posthumously after the director's death from cancer.[2]


Set in and around Paris, France, the story revolves around two women who work in a multinational corporation. Christine (Scott Thomas) is a cold, ruthless business executive who enjoys using and betraying people. Isabelle (Sagnier) is Christine's young, ambitious and intelligent administrative assistant who regularly suffers from professional and personal humiliations at the hands of Christine.

A subplot revolves around Christine's boyfriend, Philippe, who is cheating on her with Isabelle. When Christine discovers accounting irregularities in Philippe's business accounts with the firm, Christine threatens him instead of reporting him, hoping to use him to her own advantage.

Midway through the movie, Isabelle, after suffering one-too-many implied threats and humiliations by Christine, murders her by staging a break-in at Christine's suburban house and stabs her to death. Isabelle then implicates herself in the crime, a seeming sign of a nervous breakdown, when she allows herself to get arrested and incarcerated. At this point, the imprisoned Isabelle embarks on a quest to prove her innocence of a murder that she actually committed, but her defense may prove to be even more difficult than she anticipated due to her history with Christine and of the circumstantial evidence that Isabelle herself planted.


The film opened in the U.S. in September 2011 in limited release, and is slowly making its way around the U.S. The dialogue is in both French and English; the English being spoken only when the characters of Christine and Isabelle have to interact or deal with foreign clients who do not speak French.


  • Ludivine Sagnier as Isabelle Guérin
  • Kristin Scott Thomas as Christine Riviére
  • Patrick Mille as Philippe Deschamps
  • Guillaume Marquet as Daniel
  • Gérald Laroche as Gérard
  • Marie Guillard as Claudine (sister)
  • Mike Powers as Boss 1
  • Matthew Gonder as Boss 2
  • Jean-Pierre Leclerc as Gérard
  • Stéphane Roquet as Fabien
  • Frédéric Venant as Cadre


The film has received a 63% "Fresh" rating, according to the website Rotten Tomatoes.[3]


Main article: Passion (2012 film)

It was announced in 2012 that Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace would play the lead roles in a French-German-Spanish-UK[4] remake of the film titled Passion to be directed by Brian De Palma [5] It will sell at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.[6] The film has been selected to compete for the Golden Lion at the 69th Venice International Film Festival.[7]


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  2. ^ The Guardian, 7 December 2012
  3. ^ "Love Crime". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2012-01-24. 
  4. ^ Hopewell, John (2011-01-26). "Brian De Palma finds 'Passion' project". Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  5. ^ Merchan, George (2011-12-15). "Brian De Palma's Passion moves forward with Noomi Rapace and possibly Rachel McAdams – Movie News". Retrieved 2012-01-24. 
  6. ^ By NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor. "Wild Bunch's Cannes Slate Includes Brian De Palma, Vincenzo Natali And Jean-Luc Godard". Retrieved 2012-05-09. 
  7. ^ "Venezia 69". labiennale. Retrieved 2012-07-28. 

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