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Thieves (1996)

Les voleurs (original title)
In the middle of the night, someone brings Ivan's body home to his wife and his sad-faced, jug-eared son. Through flashbacks, the film discloses the relationships among Ivan and his brother... See full summary »

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Fabienne Babe ...
Mireille
Didier Bezace ...
Ivan
Julien Rivière ...
Justin
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Victor
Régis Betoule ...
Régis
Pierre Perez ...
Fred
Naguime Bendidi ...
Nabil
Didier Raymond ...
Lucien
Jean-Louis Meunier ...
Chanteur 'Tamino'
Eric Kreikenmayer ...
Adjoint Alex
Jean-Jacques Cravero ...
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In the middle of the night, someone brings Ivan's body home to his wife and his sad-faced, jug-eared son. Through flashbacks, the film discloses the relationships among Ivan and his brother Alex, a cop with a cleanliness fetish; siblings Juliette and Jimmy, Ivan's partners in a seedy nightclub; the love triangle of Alex, Juliette, and Marie, a professor of philosophy; and of Alex and his nephew, Ivan's dour, stoic son. Ivan's death changes every relationship. Images of paragliders, sun bathers, and opera suggest an expansive, colorful world outside the constricted lives of these characters. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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C'est important d'avoir un ennemi, c'est meme vital.

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Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality, some violent moments and language | See all certifications »
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25 December 1996 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$128,974 (USA) (29 December 1996)

Gross:

$939,304 (USA) (23 February 1997)
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Quotes

Alex: I didn't believe in the world. I never had. I've always known it was a bad dream.
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Connections

Referenced in Les convoyeurs attendent (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

O ew'ge Nacht, wann wirst du schwinden?
(From the opera "Die Zauberflöte" Act 1, tableau 3 , No. 8)
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder
Performed by Uwe Heilmann (Tenor)
Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper (as Wiener Staatsoper Orchestra)
Conducted by Georg Solti (as Sir Georg Solti)
(C)1991 The Decca Record Company Lmited, London
(P)1991 The Decca Record Company Lmited, London
Avec l'aimable autorisation de Decca
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How do you say "Whatever!" in French?
2 July 2003 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

"Thieves" has Techine at the helm with Deneuve and Auetuil in the spotlight and critical plaudits aplenty. However, my reaction at the end of the two hour flick was "Yeah, so???". Telling of the intertwined lives of a cop and his brother and a girl and her lover and a handful of other people, this character driven flick wanders to and fro interminably, jumping around in time, examining the details of their fatalistic and pragmatic lives as they fuss and stew and brood over the this and that of their existence. Given subtitles and a soup thin story with no moral, no message, no hero, no villain, just character study heaped upon character study and no character that's even likeable, "Thieves" will not have much appeal for the masses. Recommended for French speakers or French film buffs only. (B)


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