Sunday, 20 February 2011

Rien Ne Va Plus

Claude Chabrol's award winning 50th feature film Rein Ne Va Plus (The Swindle) 1997 can best be described as a whimsical interlude. Starring two greats of French cinema, Isabelle Huppert as Betty and Michel Serrault as Victor it tells the story of two unlikely con artists Betty, beautiful looking and 40ish and Victor 70ish who travel around scamming unsuspecting victims out of their money. It then develops that for the past year, without telling her partner, Betty has been plotting her own private scam involving the treasurer of an international corporation who in turn is planning to abscond with a briefcase containing five million Swiss francs. It all gets very complicated with twists and turns that resemble a Hitchcock drama. Although with glamorous locations such as the Swiss Alps and Huppert on the screen most of the time it’s an enjoyable viewing experience when you’re viewing pleasure demands something frivolous.

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