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Roman de Gare
     

Roman de Gare

Director: Claude Lelouch,

Cast: Claude Lelouch, Dominique Pinon, Fanny Ardant, Audrey Dana

 
Claude Lelouch's thriller Roman de Gare (aka Crossed Tracks) features a number of characters and a timeline that skips back and forth, keeping the audience guessing as to how these characters all relate to each other. Fanny Ardant plays a novelist named Judith whose famous works might have

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Claude Lelouch's thriller Roman de Gare (aka Crossed Tracks) features a number of characters and a timeline that skips back and forth, keeping the audience guessing as to how these characters all relate to each other. Fanny Ardant plays a novelist named Judith whose famous works might have been ghost-written by a serial killer dubbed "The Magician" for his habit of performing acts of prestidigitation in front of his victims. Early in the film, the police quiz her about her relationship with the criminal. Other characters include a hairdresser (Audrey Dana) who offers to give a ride to a stranger who may be the killer.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
In French, Roman de Gare is slang for an "airport novel," the kind of enjoyable but disposable little read that one takes along to while away the time on a long flight. Claude Lelouch's film fits that description, but it's such a beautifully done and almost perfectly realized little trifle that it ends up as something much more impressive. Lelouch has crafted an intricate, intriguing plot that is a minor marvel in itself. He has then gone the necessary distance to populate it with characters who are not only interesting and engaging (even when we suspect them of some acts of evil) but also surprising. Surprising on two levels, really; on one level, they surprise us by turning out to be not who we really think they are, but on another more important level, they surprise us by saying or doing little things that we don't quite expect. In other words, they act human, and this is Roman's real achievement. Lelouch directs with expert assurance and a flair that can be either quiet or show-off-ish, as the situation requires. He's aided immensely by his cast. Dominique Pinon, his face both squashed and elongated, is exquisite, his performance finely honed and perfectly modulated, making us want to flee from his perceived menace at one moment and to cuddle him the next. Fanny Ardant, stunningly striking physically, ensnares us with her sheer power and charisma, whether we want to tell her off or comfort her in our arms. And Audrey Dana is a delight as the woman caught, in a strange way, between these two. Thrilling, appealing, and full of delectable twists, Roman is a terribly fun movie.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/23/2015
UPC:
0720229916578
Original Release:
2007
Rating:
NR
Source:
First Run Features
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:45:00
Sales rank:
16,417

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dominique Pinon Actor
Fanny Ardant Judith Ralitzer
Audrey Dana Huguette
Zinedine Soualem Actor
Myriam Boyer Actor
Michèle Bernier Actor
Boris Ventura Diaz Actor
Marc Rioufol Actor
Thomas Le Douarec Actor

Technical Credits
Claude Lelouch Director,Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
Gilbert Bécaud Score Composer
Remi Bergman Executive Producer
Lucia Bretonnes-Mendes Makeup
Francois Chauvaud Production Designer
Domonique Combe Asst. Director
Marite Coutard Costumes/Costume Designer
Gerard de Battista Cinematographer
Jean Gargonne Editor
Alex Jaffray Score Composer
Jean-Charles Martel Sound/Sound Designer
Harald Maury Sound/Sound Designer
Stephane Mazalaigue Editor
Pierre Uytterhoeven Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Roman de Gare
1. Chapter 1 [10:34]
2. Chapter 2 [6:00]
3. Chapter 3 [11:24]
4. Chapter 4 [16:01]
5. Chapter 5 [11:52]
6. Chapter 6 [8:32]
7. Chapter 7 [7:45]
8. Chapter 8 [9:31]
9. Chapter 9 [5:52]
10. Chapter 10 [2:48]
11. Chapter 11 [11:31]
12. Chapter 12 [3:08]

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