L’Amour Braque (1985)
(A.K.A:
Mad Love)                                                                    

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Directed By:
Andrzej Zulawski    

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Writing Credits:
Fyodor Dostoyevsky   (
Based On His Novel: The Idiot)
Etienne Roda-Gil    
Andrzej Zulawski

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Original Music By:
Stanislas Syrewicz    

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Cinematography By:
Jean-François Robin    

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Main Cast:
Sophie Marceau
Francis Huster
Tchéky Karyo
Christiane Jean

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Genre:
Drama / Romance / Based On Novel / Crime Drama

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Plot Summary:

Inspired by Fyodor Dostoyevsky's The Idiot and intended as "a homage to the great
writer," this film is set in modern France rather than 19th century Russia. This is a story of
Léon (Francis Huster), who has been recently released from a mental asylum and claims to
be a descendant of a Hungarian prince. On his way from Hungary to France, he meets
Mickey (Tchéky Karyo), a hood who has committed a successful bank robbery and plans to
take brutal revenge on the brothers Venin for what they did to his girlfriend Mary (Sophie
Marceau). Léon can hardly understand what Mickey is up to but he follows him everywhere
and soon falls in love with Mary. This odd love triangle resolves in a tragic ending. The
frantic pace of the film's action can be compared to that of a runaway, hell-bound train.
The colors and sounds go out of control, and violence abounds — all of which is intended
to convey to a viewer the craziness of the time.

Summary Written By: Yuri German                                             Source: www.allmovie.com

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Technical Specifications:

Film Negative Format (mm/video inches)
: 35 mm
Printed Film Format
: 35 mm
Camera
: Panaflex Cameras and Lenses by Panavision
Laboratory
: Laboratoires Éclair, Paris, France
Aspect Ratio
: 1.66:1
Runtime
: 101 min
Country
: France
Language
: French
Color
: Color (Eastmancolor)
Sound Mix
: Mono

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Filming Locations:
Paris, France

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Production Companies:
Sara Films
AMLF

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Printed Media Reviews:
Lavoignat, Jean-Pierre. In: Première (France). (MG), March 1985, Pg. 11

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Awards & Nominations:

Fantasporto
International Fantasy Film Award: Best Film; Andrzej Zulawski; Nominated

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