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The Crime Is Mine (2023)

Opens on January 12

Director: François Ozon Run Time: 102 min. Release Year: 2023

Starring: Dany Boon, Fabrice Luchini, Isabelle Huppert, Nadia Tereszkiewicz, Rebecca Marder

Country: France
Language: French, Spanish, with English subtitles

About the film:

Paris in the 1930s — a playground for industrial heirs and debonair architects, but the City of Lights does not shine evenly for all. Struggling actress Madeleine and her best friend Pauline, an unemployed lawyer, live in a cramped flat and owe five months’ rent. Opportunity knocks after a lascivious theatrical producer who made an inappropriate advance towards Madeleine turns up dead. Madeleine stands trial for murder and ascends to decadent stardom, with Pauline serving as defense counsel and media circus ringmaster. A new life of fame, wealth, and tabloid celebrity awaits — until the truth comes out.

Adapted from a 1934 play by Georges Berr and Louis Verneuil and featuring a murder’s row of a supporting cast including Isabelle Huppert, Dany Boon, and Fabrice Luchini, The Crime Is Mine (2023) is a rollicking farce and scabrous satire with a wily feminist edge from one of French cinema’s most chameleonic stylists, François Ozon.

About the filmmaker:

François Ozon is a celebrated French director and screenwriter who crafts unconventional stories that radiate with sexual energy and explore the darker emotions in human relationships. Differing in genre, content, and style, Ozon’s films have screened at Berlin, Venice, Toronto, San Sebastian, and Cannes, and include Swimming Pool (2003), 8 Women (2002), Under the Sand (2000), and In the House (2012). In recent years, he won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2019 Berlin Film Festival for By the Grace of God (2019), his 16mm film Summer of 85 (2020) — adapted from Aidan Chamber’s 1982 young adult novel “Dance on My Grave” — was selected at Cannes and Toronto in 2020, and Everything Went Fine (2023) had its World Premiere at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival.

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