L'Inconnu de Strasbourg (1998)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Thriller  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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Chilean-born Valeria Sarmiento directed this improbable French thriller. Madeleine (Ornella Muti) is with her lover, Jean-Paul (Charles Berling), when her husband arrives home and catches the two together. Madeleine kills her husband and tells Jean-Paul to flee before the police arrive. After Jean-Paul drives away, he picks up a hitchhiker. When the car, stolen by the hitchhiker, explodes, police believe the dead hitchhiker is Jean-Paul. Madeleine takes up with Jean-Paul's brother, Bastien (Johan Leysen), while Jean-Paul, arriving in Strasbourg, is mistaken for the heir to a fortune. The detective (Christian Vadim) on the case spends more time writing crime novels than investigating real-life crimes. Shown in competition at the 1998 Montreal World Film Festival.