Saturday's edition of 'France Soir' took the opportunity to run the front
page headline "DENEUVE LESBIENNE". Those who know that Catherine Deneuve
took to court an American magazine for gay women that decided to christen
itself "Deneuve" are amused. Athough Deneuve's character, Marie, is
definitely head over heels in love with an angry young woman named
Juliette, the most important thing about Marie is not that she's carnally
involved with one of her university students, but that she has reached a
point in her life where she can surrender to overpowering emotion while
making philosophical assessments about what's best for herself and her
beloved. Her beloved is being sought by the police for her role in a car
theft gone wrong. One of the cops on her trail is her other lover, (a
sullen but convincing Daniel Auteuil), who started an affairwith Juliette
purely in the interest of dissipating hormones but who subsequently fell
hard. It's difficult to identify with any of Techine's characters -- they
tend to be fundamentally unpleasant people and even the women seem to
function as gay men might. But for those who don't mind spending a few
hours with people trapped in their own skins and endeavoring to dodge the
bullets of melodrama, "Le Voleurs" is a worthy, exceedingly French effort.
Oh yeah -- Deneuve's pretty interesting when she plays a dyke, although I
preferred her bisexual vampire conniving her way through the loneliness of
eternity in "The Hunger".
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