(out of 5)
This film remake of Henri-Georges Clouzot’s classic French thriller of the same name is not nearly as exciting or stylish as its predecessor. Don Roos’ script tries to breathe a little more life into the story than there was earlier, even adding a nineties-style feminist ending, but nothing helps make this film even slightly better than the average thriller, except maybe for its casting: who better to play a part previously done by France’s most stylish woman (Simone Signoret) than Hollywood’s most glamorous star, Sharon Stone? And who better to play a tragic French heroine than the queen of French heroines, Isabelle Adjani? They play mistress and wife, respectively, to boarding school headmaster Chazz Palminteri, and one day they decide they’ve had enough with being thrown around by him and decide to do away with him. Their plan to murder him seems foolproof until a nosy detective (Kathy Bates) threatens to get in the way. Sharon’s outfits are awesome, the rest is not much to scream about.
Directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik
Cinematography by Peter James
Music by Randy Edelman
Production Design by Leslie Dilley
Film Editing by Carol Littleton