Claude Chabrol’s 50th film is a comic thriller about a male and female duo who ply a trade of petty swindles, working business conventions. A really big coup is planned, which involves the couple travelling with their intended victim to the Caribbean.
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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.
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.