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Film poster
Directed by Barbet Schroeder
Produced by Margaret Ménégoz
Written by Barbet Schroeder
Pascal Bonitzer
Steve Baes
Starring Jacques Dutronc
Bulle Ogier
Music by Peer Raben
Cinematography Robby Müller
Edited by Denise de Casabianca
Distributed by Les Films du Losange
Release dates
  • 14 November 1996 (1996-11-14)
Running time
94 minutes
Country France
Language French

Tricheurs is a 1984 film directed by Barbet Schroeder.


Tricheurs, meaning "Cheaters", is the story of a gambling addict. Elric was raised in a household of servants to the family in the castle on the hill. He sets his sights on buying it, as he imagines this will make him happy. Although he gets attention and gifts from the casino when he wins, he hardly seems to enjoy his winnings. And even feels unsettled if the casino doesn't takes his occasional winnings. He and his gambling partner Suzie walk on the razor's edge of helping and hurting each other before Elric falls in with the cheater Jorg. This creates a new situation of traveling the world and cheating their way into wealth; but Elric always gambles it away. His obsession with winning has led to him becoming a cheater, but he discovers winning is not as satisfying as he imagined; as he only feels alive when he loses. The question becomes, whether Suzie can lead him out of this purgatory or not.


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