"Murderers" is murder. A distended, wannabe drama about two young female drifters who end up committing manslaughter, pic blows a promising set-up to wander along, episodically and sans dramatic tension, to an almost casual resolution. Based on an unfilmed treatment by late helmer Maurice Pialat, this is headed nowhere beyond Gaul.

“Murderers” is murder. A distended, wannabe drama about two young female drifters who end up committing manslaughter, pic blows a promising set-up to wander along, episodically and sans dramatic tension, to an almost casual resolution. Based on an unfilmed treatment (inspired by a true event) by late helmer Maurice Pialat, this is headed nowhere beyond Gaul, where it opens late June.

For reasons only divulged later, half-Turkish Nina (Hande Kodja) wants to get out of Paris and visit friends in Bordeaux, western France. She ends up getting a lift part of the way from a lipstick lesbian (Anais de Courson), whose family owns a hotel in La Rochelle. There, in a clinic, she befriends Lizzy (Celine Sallette), who’s recovering from a suicide attempt and together they hit the road with no cash and no clear destination. Script is equally directionless, with most of the color coming from small character cameos en route; the final murder comes more as a blessed relief from their wanderings rather than as a believable resolution of their vaguely drawn anti-social tendencies. Widescreen tech package is pro, and blowup from Super-16 excellent.

Murderers

France

Production

A Pan-Europeenne Edition release of a Les Films du Worso production, in association with Emael Films, StudioCanal. (International sales: Wild Bunch, Paris.) Produced by Sylvie Pialat. Executive producer, Mathieu Bompoint. Directed by Patrick Grandperret. Screenplay, Frederique Moreau, Grandperret, from an original idea by Maurice Pialat.

Crew

Camera (color, widescreen), Pascal Caubere; editor, Dominique Gallieni; music, Silth . Reviewed at Cannes Film Festival (Un Certain Regard), May 21, 2006. Running time: 101 MIN.

With

Celine Sallette, Hande Kodja, Gianni Giardinelli, Anais de Courson, Isabelle Caubere, Shafik Ahmad, Karine Pinoteau, Marc Rioufol.
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