Betty and Victor are a pair of scam artists. One day Betty brings in Maurice, a treasurer of a multinational company. Maurice is due to transfer 5 millions francs out of Switzerland, and Betty is convinced he plans to steal that money. On whose side is Betty—Victor’s, Maurice’s or only her own?
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Isabelle Huppert as a con artist?! Yes! This movie is one of Charbrols better films made in the 1990s. This worth seeing even if you are not a fan of the director. Huppert (AS ALWAYS) is great. Her character is playful, sexy, smart, and a little dangerous.
I found THE SWINDLE disappointing (dull would have been my word) when it first came out on video. This may well have had something to do w/ my esteem for the work Chabrol had been doing up to that point in the 90s, and the fact that LA CÉRÉMONIE, the film that directly preceded it, was one of my favourite movies of all time. I now see a sly work of utter genius, populated w/ brilliant business and rich w/ ambiguity.
A moderately entertaining caper. Some lovely landscapes. Wish there hadn't been that pan to the suitcase: gives the audience too much information. Sluggish editing at the climax dulls our interest considerably. The last shot is uncomfortably and unnecessarily long.
Loved the dancing sequence, Huppert's throat getting nicked, & the operatic absurdity of crime boss's den. But overall it didn't coalesce. The Maurice conflict was 100% lifeless. I get that there's some deconstructionist thing going on, but that never felt potent, either. It got me thinking, but not much, lol. Leads were fucking great, though... special, idiosyncratic performances. I could watch them bicker all day.
I found this movie to contain no surprises or imaginative plots, nothing new in the con industry. This film is hardly a thriller as it lacks suspense. It fits in better as a crime comedy with a duo the audience can watch and enjoy through their interactions, the tricks they play, and their witty dialogue.