Criminal Lovers (1999)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  

Original title:  Les Amants Criminels

France, 1999.  , , , , , .  Scenario and dialogue by Francois Ozon, Scenario collaboration with , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  

Justice is always hardest to deal with when it comes in the form of a crazy man in the woods. Two high school teenagers (, ) murder a boy, commit armed robbery and then bury the body in the middle of the forest. They get lost on their way back to the car, wandering through the wilderness until they come upon an abandoned house that turns out to be occupied by a hermit who knows their crime and plans to make them endure the cruelty that they’ve doled out. Making a sex pet out of the male half of the couple, the hermit gives these two an experience akin to a really hot interpretation of Deliverance. Francois Ozon never really goes anywhere with the story, but it is sporadically entertaining.

Toronto International Film Festival:  1999

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