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Love Is the Perfect Crime L'amour est un crime parfait

Arnaud Larrieu, Jean-Marie Larrieu / France, Switzerland / 2013 / 111 min / French

A thriller riddled with dark humour, Love Is the Perfect Crime stars the sensational Matthieu Amalric as a womanizer who is thrust into a whirlwind of unforeseen events and all-consuming passion after one of his lovers has gone missing.

Marc is a libidinous lecturer in creative writing at the Lausanne University who thinks nothing of sleeping with as many of his attractive young female students as possible. After one such night of passion, a student, Barbara, fails to return home and the police are called in to investigate her disappearance. Suspicion falls on Marc who admits to having an affair with the student but claims ignorance as to her whereabouts. The intrigue deepens when Barbara’s stepmother appears on campus looking for her stepdaughter and she and Marc begin a torrid love affair.

»The film always highlights the character’s point of view and that is where the seeds of doubt are sown: is this what we want, why are we guilty? We never know what actually happened. As in life, when serious events occur, you have to dig really deep to be able to uncover the meaning. In any case, we like mythology: gods and legends are anchored in reality, that’s what makes reality all the more different and all the richer, the fact that it’s not a news programme. We try to tell stories with multiple layers.« (Jean-Marie Larrieu)

Jean-Marie in Arnaud Larrieu
Jean-Marie and Arnaud Larrieu are brothers, born in 1965 and 1966, respectively, in Lourdes, France. In their teens, they made Super 8 movies and pursued their studies in Paris with a BA in philosophy, and a master’s degree in cinema from the University of Paris. They have made a number of shorts as well as feature and documentary films that were screened at several international film festivals.

filmography
1992 Ce jour-là (documentary)
1999 Fin d'été (Summer's End)
2000 La brèche de Roland (Roland's Pass)
2001 Madonna à Lourdes (short)
2003 Un homme, un vrai (A Man, a Real One)
2005 Peindre ou faire l'amour (To Paint or Make Love)
2005 Les fenêtres sont ouvertes (documentary)
2008 Le voyage aux Pyrénées (The Journey to the Pyrenees)
2009 Les derniers jours du monde (Happy End)
2013 L'amour est un crime parfait (Love Is a Perfect Crime)

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