Roman de Gare (Crossed Tracks)
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Roman de Gare (Crossed Tracks)
Claude Lelouch's thriller Roman de Gare (aka Crossed Tracks) features a number of characters and a timeline that skips back and forth, keeping the audience guessing as to how these characters all relate to each other. Fanny Ardant plays a novelist named Judith whose famous works might have been ghost-written by a serial killer dubbed "The Magician" for his habit of performing acts of prestidigitation in front of his victims. Early in the film, the police quiz her about her relationship with the criminal. Other characters include a hairdresser (Audrey Dana) who offers to give a… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Lelouch is now 71 years old, and I bet he's never had as much fun with a film. Roman de Gare threads plots and characters and twists together like a demented weaver."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards,
"Lelouch and his longtime writing partner, Pierre Uytterhoeven, slyly exploit and subvert audience expectations."
‑ Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"Lelouch's splintered narrative, mostly related in flashback, plays games with the characters without delivering much of a payoff."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"An engaging, enjoyable slice of suspense from the French."
‑ Jim Schembri, The Age (Australia)
"It's surprising, enthralling, intriguing, blackly droll, and a rattling good yarn."
‑ Mark Demetrius, FILMINK (Australia)
"Even if the game isn't entirely successful, it's fun to play along."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"I think I understand the alternative realities of the plot, and I concede the loose ends are tied up, sort of, but I didn't care."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Stylist Claude Lelouche (A Man and a Woman) is still full of surprises in his choice of genres and subjects."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Is it supposed to be funny, tragic or what? Even the characters don't seem too sure."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Red herrings abound and audience frustration sets in. It's a pity because the film looks good and the Gilbert Becaud songs on the soundtrack are easy on the ear."
‑ David Stratton, The Australian
"Forty years after his breakout success as a filmmaker, Claude Lelouch makes something of a comeback with his playful and sexy whodunit, Roman de Gare."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Don't go to the theater expecting too much and you can't help but leave with a smile on your face."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"The air of Gallic nonchalance ensures you have a lot of fun watching Pinon and Ardant match wits. It's Dana, however, who anchors the story."
‑ Sandra Hall, Sydney Morning Herald
"There's a lushness and emotional charge here that makes this very watchable. Don't expect poetry, though; it's more like a good crossword puzzle."
‑ Jason Di Rosso, MovieTime, ABC Radio National
"It's filled with intriguing characters, it has a fascinating initial premise -- and then it runs off the rails."
‑ David Stratton, At the Movies (Australia)
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