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Swindle
     

Swindle

Director: Claude Chabrol,

Cast: Claude Chabrol, Isabelle Huppert, Michel Serrault, François Cluzet

 
The 50th film from legendary French New Wave writer and director Claude Chabrol is a typically Hitchcockian comic thriller about a pair of con artists. Up to now, the duo of Betty (Isabelle Huppert) and Victor (Michel Serrault) have contented themselves to small scams at hotel conventions, such as spiking the drink of a gambler, then rolling him for his winnings after

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The 50th film from legendary French New Wave writer and director Claude Chabrol is a typically Hitchcockian comic thriller about a pair of con artists. Up to now, the duo of Betty (Isabelle Huppert) and Victor (Michel Serrault) have contented themselves to small scams at hotel conventions, such as spiking the drink of a gambler, then rolling him for his winnings after he follows the flirtatious Betty back to his room and passes out. It then develops that, for the past year, without telling Victor, Betty has been plotting an enormous score involving Maurice (François Cluzet), the treasurer of an international corporation, who's planning to abscond with a briefcase containing five million Swiss francs in syndicate money. Betty's plan is for Victor to swap an identical briefcase with Maurice's and walk away with the jackpot, but Victor becomes suspicious of Betty's solo venture. Is his once-loyal partner betraying him? What about Maurice, who's no fool, and his gangster bosses, who will surely want their money returned? A dizzying array of potential double-crosses muddles the question of who's grifting who in the Betty-Victor-Maurice triangle. Rien Ne Va Plus (1997) screened at several film festivals under the English-language title The Swindle.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richie Unterberger
With such a strong lead duo as Isabelle Huppert and Michel Serrault and a director as respected as Claude Chabrol, you'd think it'd be hard to go wrong. And Rien Ne Va Plus (released in the U.S. as The Swindle) is a competent enough thriller, but somehow it never catches as much fire as the strong cast and complex intrigue portends. Maybe it's because the complicated setup of the heist intended to be Huppert and Serrault's tour de force takes so damned long to actually set up. Maybe it's because the final battle over the booty is a bit of an anti-climax, and not nearly as tense as the buildup might lead you to expect. Maybe it's because the film at some points seems indecisive as to whether to be a semi-comic study of the odd, vaguely defined, amiable-yet-smoldering relationship between Huppert and Serrault or whether to play up the suspense over the scheme Huppert's cooked up to relieve an executive of five million Swiss francs. More than anything, though, it's because the pace is oddly relaxed and subdued, which works against the nail-biting atmosphere for which the swindle scenes seem to be straining. The result is a rather middling, if craftsmanlike, work. The interaction between Huppert and Serrault does have its share of interesting enigma, though, always keeping viewers on their toes as to whether the characters' actions are honorable, deceitful, or some combination of the two.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/29/2006
UPC:
0717119692643
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
NR
Source:
New Yorker Video
Presentation:
[Letterbox]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:42:00

Special Features

"Le Farfale" (dance excerpt from 1907 silent film); Foreign theatrical trailer; Scene selections; Enhanced for 16x9 TV's; Optional English subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Isabelle Huppert Betty
Michel Serrault Victor
François Cluzet Maurice
Jean-François Balmer Monsieur K.
Jackie Berroyer Chatillon
Jean Benguigui Actor
Mony Dalmes Actor
Thomas Chabrol Actor
Greg Germain Actor
Nathalie Kousnetzoff Actor

Technical Credits
Claude Chabrol Director,Screenwriter
Francoise Benoit-Fresco Art Director
Matthieu Chabrol Score Composer
Monique Fardoulis Editor
Corinne Jorry Costumes/Costume Designer
Marin Karmitz Producer
Cecile Maistre Asst. Director
Jean-Louis Porchet Associate Producer
Gérard Ruey Associate Producer
Eduardo Serra Cinematographer
Jean-Bernard Thomasson Sound/Sound Designer
Claude Villand Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Swindle
   Play Feature
   Scenes
   Subtitles
      Subtitles: On
      Subtitles: Off
   Trailer
   Le Farfale
      Play Short
   New Yorker Video
      Games of Love & Chance: Play Trailer
      Sequins: Play Trailer
      Intimate Stories: Play Trailer
      My Mother's Smile: Play Trailer

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