MAILED: Sept. 28, 2000
"The Swindle," director Claude Chabrol's 50th feature film, will screen Oct. 5-8 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The International Film Society will present the 1998 comedy-thriller at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday in Davies Theatre.
Isabelle Huppert and Michel Serrault star as Betty and Victor, two veteran con artists who get in over their heads when a complicated scheme pits them against ruthless opponents.
"The plot is strictly tongue in cheek," reviewed New York Newsday, "but the acting is dead on and as engaging as any we've seen this year. Huppert never shines as brightly as she does under Chabrol's direction, and Serrault's Victor, older but clearly infatuated with Betty, is deftly droll and frequently tart a continental 'Raffles' with a bilious attitude. Together, Victor and Betty recall some of the better teams of the screwball-caper genre."
The 105-minute film is in French and subtitled in English.
Tickets, available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727, are $2 for International Film Society members and UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff or $1 for UW-Eau Claire students.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Sept. 28, 2000