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Roman de gare (2007)

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Critic Consensus: Claude Lelouch has crafted an engaging thriller about murder and romance with plenty of stylistic panache.

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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.

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Cast

Dominique Pinon
as Pierre Laclos / Louis
Fanny Ardant
as Judith Ralitzer
Audrey Dana
as Huguette
Michèle Bernier
as Florence, la soeur
Myriam Boyer
as La mère d'Huguette
Zinedine Soualem
as Le commissaire
Marc Rioufol
as Le propriétaire du vignoble
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Critic Reviews for Roman de gare

All Critics (75) | Top Critics (35)

The air of Gallic nonchalance ensures you have a lot of fun watching Pinon and Ardant match wits. It's Dana, however, who anchors the story.

November 14, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

An engaging, enjoyable slice of suspense from the French.

November 14, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Red herrings abound and audience frustration sets in. It's a pity because the film looks good and the Gilbert Becaud songs on the soundtrack are easy on the ear.

November 7, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

It's filled with intriguing characters, it has a fascinating initial premise -- and then it runs off the rails.

November 7, 2008 | Rating: 3/5

Lelouch is now 71 years old, and I bet he's never had as much fun with a film. Roman de Gare threads plots and characters and twists together like a demented weaver.

August 22, 2008 | Full Review…

Even if the game isn't entirely successful, it's fun to play along.

June 27, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4

Audience Reviews for Roman de gare

At the end of act one we discover the answers to many of the film's questions: is this guy a rapist on the run, a ghost writer, or a man abandoning his family? Structurally, this is awfully early to answer so many questions that have such import on the ensuing action. But the rest of the film does not disappoint. Despite its structural flaws, it's still able to re-invent itself as it moves along. Exceptional performances by he of the interesting-looking face, Dominique Pinon, and Audrey Dana, who plays the emotionally damaged but still somehow indomitable Huguette, keep us caring about these characters no matter what story imprisons them.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

½

a quite well plotted and acted thriller.

Stefanie C
Stefanie C

Super Reviewer

½

Seemed promising to me, but ended up as just another not-so-bad drama. It's okay for one time watch though.

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familiar stranger

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