Love Crime

Love Crime

Alain Corneau (2010)

15 Certificate


Our Score
A ruthless corporate executive exploits her female underling's hard work and takes the credit herself until the put-upon junior decides to fight back in this sleek boardroom thriller, the final film from versatile French director Alain Corneau, who died in 2010. Continuing her strong run of French-speaking roles, Kristin Scott Thomas offers a masterclass in ruthless, elegant scheming, though Ludivine Sagnier's seemingly benign protégé proves a quick learner. The entertaining first half contains most of the film's highlights, since Scott-Thomas and her ice-pick smile are centre stage. In the second half, the focus is on Sagnier but she hasn't the presence to withstand the scrutiny of Corneau's deadly serious direction. This is never less than classy, but it's not a fully satisfying experience. However, the interplay between the two very different leads and the involving, increasingly dark story keep things moving along nicely.


A ruthless executive delights in using mind games to torment and manipulate her naive new assistant. However, she underestimates her employee's ambition, and a vicious battle of wills develops when she begins fighting back. Thriller, starring Ludivine Sagnier and Kristin Scott Thomas. In French, English and Japanese.

Cast & Crew

Isabelle Guérin Ludivine Sagnier
Christine Kristin Scott Thomas
Philippe Patrick Mille
Daniel Guillaume Marquet
Gérard Gérald Laroche
The lawyer Julien Rochefort
The judge Olivier Rabourdin
Claudine Marie Guillard
Gérard's assistant Jean-Pierre Leclerc
Director Alain Corneau
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Other Information

Language: French, English +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: Verve Pictures LtdAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 14 Dec 2012