O'South
Lisa Schwarzbaum
April 30, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Roman de Gare

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
103 minutes
Limited Release Date
04/18/08
performer
Dominique Pinon, Fanny Ardant
director
Claude Lelouch
distributor
Samuel Goldwyn Films
author
Claude Lelouch
genre
Drama

We gave it a B+

Audray Dana plays a waitress (or is she a hooker?) abandoned by her fiancé; Fanny Ardant plays a popular author who doesn’t write her own books; and the fine, squish-faced character actor Dominique Pinon plays a fellow who may be the novelist’s ghostwriter (or is he a serial killer?) posing as the fiancé of the waitress/hooker. When first unveiling his enjoyably crafty thriller Roman de Gare — a sly catalog of deceits and a gentle commentary on slippery creativity and desire — the enduring Gallic filmmaker Claude Lelouch took a pseudonym for further obfuscation. B+

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