HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
Tokyo Dragon Chef
Pittsburgh
12 Hour Shift
Intergalactic Adventures of Max Cloud, The
Spoilers, The
Killer Therapy
Man Upstairs, The
Bloodhound, The
New Mutants, The
Tesla
Flame of New Orleans, The
Ham on Rye
Imperial Blue
Tenet
August 32nd on Earth
Don is Dead, The
Seven Sinners
Body of Water
Away
Soul
About Endlessness
Let It Snow
Ava
Deliver Us from Evil
Shark Attack 3: Megalodon
Midnight Sky, The
Lego Star Wars Holiday Special, The
Mon Oncle Antoine
Blast of Silence
Blackout, The
Stars in Your Eyes
Alone
Climate of the Hunter
Farewell Amor
Let's Scare Julie
Okko's Inn
Shaolin vs. Wu Tang
Fatman
Butt Boy
Dog of Flanders, The
   
 
Newest Articles
Network Double Bills: Seance on a Wet Afternoon and Ring of Spies
Chaney Chillers: Inner Sanctum Mysteries - The Complete Film Series on Blu-ray
Adelphi Extras: Stars in Your Eyes on Blu-ray
Toons for the Heads: Fantastic Planet and Adult Animation
Nature Girl: The New World on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Perfect Friday and Robbery
Network Double Bills: The House in Nightmare Park and The Man Who Haunted Himself
Newley Minted: The Strange World of Gurney Slade on Blu-ray
Bad Love: The Night Porter on Blu-ray
Brevity is the Soul of Weird: Short Sharp Shocks on Blu-ray
Get Your Ass to Mars: Total Recall on Blu-ray
Call the Professionals: Le Cercle Rouge on Blu-ray
When There's No More Room in Hell: Dawn of the Dead on Blu-ray
The Butterfly Effect: Mothra on Blu-ray
Living Room Theatre: Play for Today Volume 1 on Blu-ray
Didn't He Do Well: The Bruce Forsyth Show on DVD
Blood Wedding: The Bride with White Hair on Blu-ray
The Inhuman Element: The Ladykillers on 4K UHD
As You Like It, Baby: Breathless on Blu-ray
Stargazing: Light Entertainment Rarities on DVD
Down to the Welles: Orson Welles Great Mysteries Volume 2 on DVD
Herding Cats: Sleepwalkers on Blu-ray
Confessions of a Porn Star: Adult Material on DVD
They're Still Not Sure It is a Baby: Eraserhead on Blu-ray
Werewolves are Real: Dog Soldiers on Digital
   
 
  Rien Ne Va Plus You can't con a con artist
Year: 1997
Director: Claude Chabrol
Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Michele Serrault, François Cluzet, Jean-François Balmer, Jackie Berroyer, Jean Benguigui, Mony Dalmès, Thomas Chabrol, Greg Germain, Nathalie Kousnetzoff, Pierre Martot
Genre: Comedy, ThrillerBuy from Amazon
Rating:  5 (from 1 vote)
Review: Betty (Isabelle Huppert) and Victor (Michele Serrault) are small-time con artists preying mostly on middle-aged men at business conventions. Betty lures a gullible stooge to her hotel room and drugs him unconscious whereupon she and Victor go through his cash, credit cards and passport. Victor operates by a golden rule: never be greedy, take just a little bit from each victim. Betty however, grows more ambitious. At a ski resort in the Alps she abandons their initial target, a humble dentist, for a more affluent quarry in Maurice (François Cluzet). Betty tells Victor that Maurice works as a courier for a gang of money launderers and is transporting an attaché case of five million Swiss francs to the Caribbean. For once Victor lets greed get the better of him and goes along with Betty's plan until things take a decidedly nasty turn.

Also known as The Swindle and, alas, nothing to do with the Funk Factory song of the same name, Rien Ne Va Plus found French psychological thriller maestro Claude Chabrol on frothier form than usual. Here he crafts something of a precursor to the kind of playful con capers Hollywood began to crank out a decade later, e.g. Ocean's Eleven (2001), The Art of the Steal (2013) and Focus (2015). The pace is punchier than usual though still more leisurely and character driven compared to your average slick caper fare that more often fetishize the con itself from an array of angles. In fact it takes a good thirty minutes plus for the plot to kick in. Between then Chabrol proves overly enamoured with quirky comic moments more suited to sit-coms. Victor goes out of his way to avoid an amorous elderly hotel guest (Mony Dalmès), poses as an eccentric Colonel and, for no obvious reason beyond Chabrol's fondness for food, chows down on an array of delicacies from wild mushrooms to a juicy kebab.

The plot hangs on the old 'who is really conning who?' gambit. As it becomes apparent Betty has actually known Maurice for some time, Chabrol keeps us guessing whether she is scamming her old mentor or if Victor is out to double-cross her. However, in keeping with the generally light tone, the thematic arc ultimately reinforces the bond between the two anti-heroes as each comes to realise they are better off together than working at cross purposes. The over-qualified cast keep things watchable with charismatic Michel Serrault and chameleon-like Isabelle Huppert, in what ranks as one of her lesser collaborations with Chabrol compared with Violette Nozière (1978), La Cérémonie (1995) or Merci pour la chocolat (2000), on fine form. However, the humour is too dry for farce, too frothy for satire.

All laughter evaporates once the third act swerves into darker territory but, aside from one grisly discovery well played by Huppert, the arch performances and largely frivolous tone deflate any attempts at suspense. Like a lot of con artist films there is the nagging sense Rien Ne Va Plus is trying to be too clever for its own good and the would-be romantic coda proves unsatisfying. Not top league Chabrol then but Eduardo Serra's glossy photography of the snowy scenery is beautiful to behold.

Reviewer: Andrew Pragasam

 

This review has been viewed 1375 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 

Claude Chabrol  (1930 - 2010)

A renowned director of French thrillers, he was one of the originators of the French New Wave of the fifties and sixties, often concentrating on middle class characters going through crises that led to murder, and made around fifty of these films in his long career. Starting with Le Beau Serge in 1958, he went on to direct such respected efforts as Les Cousins, The Champagne Murders, Les Biches, This Man Must Die, Le Boucher, Blood Relatives, Poulet au Vinaigre, a version of Madame Bovary with frequent star Isabelle Huppert, L'enfer, La Ceremonie, The Girl Cut in Two with Ludivine Sagnier, and his final work for the cinema, Bellamy with Gerard Depardieu.

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Darren Jones
Andrew Pragasam
Stately Wayne Manor
Enoch Sneed
  Geraint Morgan
Paul Smith
  Lee Fiveash
   

 

Last Updated: