Scene of the Crime [DVD] [1986]

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Special Features

  • 16:9 anamorphic transfer
  • Director's bio/filmography
  • Optional French subtitles


Le Lieu du Crime
Scene of the Crime (Le Lieu du Crime) begins with a quote from Great Expectations. Thirteen-year-old Nicolas Giraudi, picking flowers in a cemetery, is surprised by escaped criminal Wadeck Stanczak, who orders the boy to bring him some money. Displaying no signs of fear, Giraudi does what he is told, and as a "reward" his life is spared by the convict. Later on, Stanczak gets stinking drunk at a road house managed by Giraudi's mother, Catherine Deneuve. Fascinated by Stanczak, Deneuve arranges for the fugitive to take a room at a local hotel. On the day that Giraudi is to receive his first communion, his mother plans to run off with Stanczak. The climactic set-to between criminals and police has the negatory effect of separating Giraudi from his mother; on a more positive note, however, the boy has been drawn closer to his father Victor Lanoux, whom Deneuve despised. The dreamlike, new wave-ish Scene of the Crime is a lot more complex than this skeletal synopsis would suggest. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Catherine Deneuve
    Catherine Deneuve - Lili
  • Wadeck Stanczak
    Wadeck Stanczak - Martin
  • Danielle Darrieux
    Danielle Darrieux - Grandmother
  • Victor Lanoux
    Victor Lanoux - Maurice
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    Jean Bousquet - Grandfather
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