|Strand Releasing | Release Date: July 21, 2000||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
In Criminal Lovers, the "Bonnie and Clyde" model of killing-as-erotica gets a shrewd, funny, decidedly French workout.
Both the leads are scarily good, and Ozon imbues his troubling tale with jarring blasts of light and the sun-dappled beauty of the natural world.
Francois Ozon, perhaps France's hottest director of the moment, is often better creating stylish visuals than dramatically credible situations, but Criminal Lovers is never boring.
At once arch, derivative, and, in the end, bizarrely lyrical.
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