Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
Original title: Crime D’Amour
Alternate title: Crime Of Passion
France, 2010. SBS Films, France 2 Cinema, Divali Films, Sofica UGC 1, Canal+, CineCinema, France Télévision, Invictus Films. Screenplay by Alain Corneau, Natalie Carter. Cinematography by Yves Angelo. Produced by Said Ben Said, Alexander Emmert. Music by Pharoah Sanders. Production Design by Katia Wyszkop. Costume Design by Khadija Zeggai. Film Editing by Thierry Derocles. Toronto International Film Festival 2010.
Ludivine Sagnier and Kristin Scott Thomas work as executives at a powerful food corporation in Paris, the latter operating as mentor and guide to the former. Their relationship is loving according to Scott Thomas, but there is a brittle tension that snaps completely when Sagnier pulls off a terrific assignment on a business trip to Cairo and her superior exec takes all the credit for it. When the young lass gets her back by arranging a lucrative deal without Scott Thomas’ knowledge, full war breaks out between them that sees the older woman not holding back in trying to humiliate and shame her younger counterpart, and eventually she pushes too far. Sagnier is inspired to not only take out her rival, she concocts the perfect crime: watching her execute it is the pleasure of this razor-sharp, sometimes hilarious version of Working Girl that strips away the romance and delight of Mike Nichols’ comedy and concentrates solely on competition and success. Scott Thomas enjoys relishing the immorality of her role to its fullest extent–the devil may have worn Prada, but her sister will wear anything so long as she can smell blood on it—while Sagnier puts across a deft combination of maligned innocence and intelligent capability. Sadly, this is Alain Corneau’s last film, as he passed away only months after the film’s European release.