Erreur Sur La Personne (1996)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Police Detective Film, Psychological Drama  |   Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - Canada  |  
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This police drama from Quebec blends elements of psychodrama, thriller and romance to tell the story of noirish detective Charles Renard and a mentally unstable woman in her mid-20s who steals credit cards from wealthy men. Renard is assigned to capture the enigmatic Maria, who has an obsession with Strindberg's play "Miss Julie," a fixation that stems from a childhood trauma. Renard too has his own past to deal with, mostly the recent accidental death of his wife during a vacation to the Middle East. To compound matters, he is also recovering from a bullet to the head he received while on surveillance for the Montreal police department. Investigating Maria, he discovers that she lures victims by placing provocative ads in the classifieds. He answers the ad and they arrange a meeting. She mistakenly sits down with the wrong man, giving Renard an opportunity to watch how she deftly nabs the man's wallet. He then begins to tail her to a local production of her favorite play. Soon they connect and surprisingly, he ends up helping her to escape.

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detective, personal-ad, thief, escape, play [drama]