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The Elegant Criminal

The Elegant Criminal

Dec. 19, 1990France125 Min.Not Rated
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On 9 January 1836, Pierre Lacenaire goes to the guillotine, a murderer and a thief. He gives Allard, a police inspector, his life story, written while awaiting execution. He also asks Allard to care for Hermine, a lass to whom he has been guardian for more than ten years. In flashbacks, from the prison as Lacenaire writes, from Allard’s study as he and Hermine read, and from other readers’ memory after the book is published, we see Lacenaire’s childhood as he stands up to bullies, including priests, his youthful thieving, his first murder, his brief army career, his seduction of a princess, and his affair with Avril, a young man who dies beside him.

The Elegant Criminal
The Elegant Criminal
The Elegant Criminal
Original title Lacenaire
IMDb Rating 6.1 350 votes
TMDb Rating 5.75 6 votes



Daniel Auteuil isPierre-François Lacenaire
Pierre-François Lacenaire
Jacques Weber isJacques Arago
Jacques Arago
François Périer isLacenaire's father
Lacenaire's father
Geneviève Casile isLacenaire's mother
Lacenaire's mother
Jean Davy isAlphonse Damoiseau
Alphonse Damoiseau
Jacques Duby isMarmignat
Maïwenn isHermine

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