A Crime
Filmfest 2007

Rainy shots of the various bridges and buildings in New York at night or dense, colour desaturated urban streets at day are complemented with a sultry rhythmic jazz score. A sex scene is shot in only with whispers of clothing contrasted with constant elevated trains going by in the background. Love in A CRIME is Hell. Even as Keitel's character suspects this from Alice, he knows it is the only love he has ever had and is willing to go along with the fantasy, even when things get much more violent. The ambiguous first half has the effect of lulling things which escalate in the second half into some frankly shocking actions (think Noe or Haneke) and plot trajectories which will not be spoiled here. Reversals of intention, cynical acceptance, and the darkest kind of romantic love are all swirl around Béart who gives a riveting performance as the most dangerous of determined beauties. twitchfilm.net

tags: Feature film

Cast: Harvey Keitel, Emmanuelle Béart, Norman Reedus, Joe Grifasi, Lily Rabe

Credits

Director: Manuel Pradal