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  • Summary: Best-selling author Judith Ralitzer is researching unlikely places to find characters for her next bestseller. As luck would have it, a serial killer with a penchant for magic tricks has just escaped from a high-security prison…providing the perfect source material for an intricatelyBest-selling author Judith Ralitzer is researching unlikely places to find characters for her next bestseller. As luck would have it, a serial killer with a penchant for magic tricks has just escaped from a high-security prison…providing the perfect source material for an intricately plotted, mood mystery. (Samuel Goldwyn Films) Expand
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  1. A brilliant piece of construction, and talking too much about its specifics would only spoil the overall experience.
  2. 83
    By far the most purely entertaining of all his films to reach these shores, Roman de Gare is the rare trick film in which all the tricks reveal something amusing, involving or poignant about its characters.
  3. The freshness and originality that flow through Roman de Gare now burst into full flower, revealing the director's depth and perception.
  4. Lelouch means to transcend the genre. He doesn't really move much beyond his usual glib panache here, but the plot is intriguing and so are the actors.
  5. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    70
    Picture gets an undeniable boost from the ace performance of the short, beady-eyed Pinon.
  6. 70
    The air of mystery here is appealing, because the secrets behind it seem to matter both a great deal and not at all--rather like love, which has been Lelouch’s subject ever since he made "A Man and a Woman."
  7. The story's Hitchcockian plot loses steam quickly, though Pinon's salty presence keeps things from getting totally bloodless.

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  1. SharonC.
    Jun 4, 2008
    10
    Absolutely delightful in every way! It kept me wondering who was really the "bad guy". The ending was very satisfying.
  2. EnriqueG.
    Jul 15, 2008
    9
    An excellent sophisticated thriller. From Lelouch you can expect always from the best to the worst. This time he is at his best. This is one An excellent sophisticated thriller. From Lelouch you can expect always from the best to the worst. This time he is at his best. This is one of his most gratifying movies. Expand
  3. JayH.
    Jan 26, 2009
    8
    Outstanding mystery thriller, expertly directed and woven together by Claude Lelouch. The performances are excellent, especially Dominique Outstanding mystery thriller, expertly directed and woven together by Claude Lelouch. The performances are excellent, especially Dominique Pinon and Audrey Dana. Plenty of twists and surprises, compelling from start to finish, Expand

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