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5.0 out of 5 stars Diamonds and Memories
Catherine Deneuve gives one of her finest performances in this elegantly crafted film from director Nicole Garcia. It is beautifully shot in the diamond district of France, even the rain glistening on the sidewalks like fine jewels. This is a complex film of intrigue and personal demons in a world where people love each other a little and use each other a lot, cutting the...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Diamonds and Memories, 10 Feb 2003
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This review is from: Place Vendome [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
Catherine Deneuve gives one of her finest performances in this elegantly crafted film from director Nicole Garcia. It is beautifully shot in the diamond district of France, even the rain glistening on the sidewalks like fine jewels. This is a complex film of intrigue and personal demons in a world where people love each other a little and use each other a lot, cutting the heart like a diamond, in a swift, irreversible stroke.
Marianne (Catherine Deneuve) is the alcoholic wife of a respected jeweler who is only brought out on special occasions, spending most of her life in a rehab for the wealthy which is her primary home. She is forced to pull herself together when her husband Vincent Malivert kills himself, leaving behind a fortune in diamonds that have a questionable history. When she attempts to find a buyer for them she discovers the cache was stolen in it's uncut form from the Russian Mafia. As the intrigue escalates, Marianne's own past in the world of diamond dealers is revealed, including the betrayel which blacklisted her as a jewel dealer and drove her to the bottle.
She will be forced to confront the demons in her past when her betrayer and his new protege come into the picture. Stunning beauty Emmanuelle Seigner has a pivotal role as the mirror image of Marianne 20 years before, unaware that history may be repeating itself. Marianne will have to choose between revenge and redemption to discover if love really does mean getting lied to and betrayed.
Deneuve, one of the world's finest actersses and greatest beauties, lets her hair down and imbues her character with a subtle vulnerability that won her Best Actress honors at the Venice Film Festival, and had it been a little less foreign and a bit more flashy, could easily have garnered an Oscar as well.
If you like foreign films, or Catherine Deneuve, or both, this is definitely one you'll want to add to your collection.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever and classy - French cinema at its finest, 26 Sep 2007
This review is from: Place Vendome [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
If you only ever watch one French film, watch this.

For me, this is probably Catherine Deneuve's finest hour and I totally agree with the reviewer who said she should have been Oscar nominated. However, I also agree that her performance was probably far too subtle, too broad in range and just too classy for the Accademy Awards.

A clever thriller combined with a heart-rending psychological study of a mis-treated woman who has descended into unhappy addiction, it also benefits from beautiful camera work, and a magnificent supporting cast - including the Place Vendome area itself. And the contrast and comparison between Deneuve's character and that of Emmanuelle Sagnier is marvellously understated but obvious at the same time.

If you like elegantly paced but very powerful stories and exemplary acting, look no further than this film.

I personally rate it as one to see before you die - sorry to use a worn-out cliche, but this film is genuinely that good.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rich, sumptuous, aromatic blend of fine French fare..., 18 Aug 2001
A masterpiece of French cinema set in the jewel district of Paris. Place Vendome follows the decadent, indolent life of a rich, high society drunk (Deneuve) as she comes to terms with the death of her husband. At turns thriller, drama and romance Place Vendome will leave you with the sense of having seen, touched and even gorged on the opulent lives detailed therein. Get it, or regret it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing story from Nicole Garcia, 26 Oct 2013
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I've long been a fan of Nicole Garcia as an actress, and wanted to see what she could do from the other side of the camera..... and this is astoundingly good. The two male leads are also among my favourite actors, Jean-Pierre Bacri especially here as a failed repo-man who is recruited to make a fast buck for doing a dirty job, he's such a natural in roles of grumpy or disillusioned middle aged men. The fact that it has - as advertised here, but as was not the case with another Garcia film I bought - subtitles in both English and French enables one to improve understanding of the latter if not already fluent. A faultless film, one of the best French films I've ever bought.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An elegant insight in the confidential world of high jewellery, 30 May 2012
This review is from: Place Vendome [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
A real masterpiece of elegance set in the heart of Parisian Haute Joaillerie, Place Vendome.

Deneuve is superb in her role of a wealthy troubled alcoholic, Bacri is as always excellent and Dutronc's character is a brilliant mix of cynism and desperation.

It is elegant, captivating and well directed.

A wonderfull insight in a world that us mere mortals can only take a glimpse at through the guarded doors of high end jewellers.

Quite fascinating!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's Catherine Deneuve's Film, And She's Excellent, 13 Aug 2007
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This review is from: Place Vendome [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
Marianne Malivert (Catherine Deneuve) has been married for 18 loveless years to the owner of a famous, stylish Parisian jewelry store. He saved her from jail when she was betrayed by a lover and was caught with stolen jewels that belonged to Malivert. At one time, Marianne knew diamonds and the diamond trade. Now, she's an alcoholic who spends much time in clinics and occasionally time with her husband at his dinner parties for clients. Then one day her husband shows her five perfectly cut diamonds and tells them they are his, not the store's, and he puts them away. Then later he deliberately drives his car into a truck and kills himself. Marianne. barely sober, discovers the store is close to bankruptcy, that the diamonds may be stolen, that her brother-in-law wants the diamonds and her out, that a beautiful assistant in the shop (who also was her husband's mistress) has an agenda of her own that includes the jewel thief who betrayed Marianne years ago. As Marianne gradually focuses on the diamonds, her interest in life begins to revive. She was good in the trade at one time, and sets out to find a buyer. She learns the word has spread that the diamonds may be stolen, that the Russian mafia may be involved, and that her old lover has re-entered her world.

This movie starts as a strong, character-driven study of Marianne Malivert. It gradually moves toward becoming a thriller, but has the good sense not to move too far in that direction. The pleasure in the movie is the world weary sophistication of the characters, the look into the workings of the diamond business, the intertwined relationships of the main characters, and the struggle of Marianne to reassert herself. This is Catherine Deneuve's film and she is excellent. At the time this movie was made she was 56 and had been a major star for 34 years. She really is a world class actress. The two male leads, Jean-Pierre Bactri, as the boyfriend of the shop assistant who is dropped by her but finds himself drawn to Marianne, and Jacques Dutronc, as the former lover who now is still a thief and con artist but is weary to his bones, are excellent, too.

This movie may not be for everyone. It takes a steady, thoughtful pace. It's all about the characters, especially Marianne. The look of the film often is dark. The conclusion is not exactly happy and not exactly sad. It's a film, in my opinion, which is well worth watching. The DVD picture is just fine and the yellow subtitles are very easy to read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Gift purchase, 1 Jan 2014
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