Mon Crime, Ozon's new crime comedy

After 8 Femmes and Potiche, François Ozon opens a new chapter in his theatrical trilogy

Twenty years after 8 Femmes, the director returns to the genre that made him a success, namely a comedy with a very theatrical style, carried here by an exceptional cast. First of all with a masterful duo formed by two young actresses who never stop rising, Nadia Tereszkiewicz, (winning the César for best female hopeful) and Rebecca Marder, Isabelle Huppert, in a bewildering number as a diva on the comeback, to which we can add Fabrice Luchini, as a mannered judge, and Dany Boon, as an excessive architect.

In Mon crime, two penniless young Parisian women are determined to make their way in the narrow French society of the 1930s. Madeleine, an untalented actress, is accused of the murder of a famous film producer. Her friend and roommate, Pauline, a lawyer with no clients, takes on her defence in a high-profile trial... A new life of fame and success begins, until the truth comes out...

François Ozon succeeds in staging a screwball comedy with a Hollywood feel, combining slapstick humour and lively dialogue, where events follow one another with a frenzied pace, punctuated by women happily wearing panties. Mounted in a theatrical style on the big screen, the female characters lead the way, having to fight against an all-male court.

All the exchanges in the film are relentlessly burlesque, with everyone pulling the wool over their eyes to be in the spotlight. The whole five-star cast is indulged in shenanigans to keep their shine. Nevertheless, behind the laughter and the pretence, Ozon discreetly and skilfully reveals a feminist manifesto that hits the nail on the head, pointing out the condition of women, misogyny, patriarchy and the problems of justice.