Généalogies d'un crime (Genealogies of a Crime) 1997, Raúl Ruiz

Généalogies d'un crime (Genealogies of a Crime)

Regie: Raúl Ruiz; Drehbuch: Raúl Ruiz, Pascal Bonitzer; Kamera: Stephan Ivanov; Schnitt: Valeria Sarmiento; Musik: Jorge Arriagada; Darsteller*innen: Catherine Deneuve, Michel Piccoli, Melvil Poupaud, Andrzej Seweryn, Monique Mélinand, Mathieu Amalric. FR/PT, 1997, 35mm, Farbe, 115 min. Französisch mit engl. UT

Young René is accused of killing his aunt Jeanne. He is aided by Solange, a lawyer who is in mourning for her son. Partly told like a Hitchcockian parody as a tricky Whodunnit that nests time layer within time layer, the film does not have a plural in its title for nothing. Various derivations of the crime are presented. Two enemy psychoanalysts, themselves moderately deranged, are particularly prominent. The search for the supposed predetermination of the crime develops into a confusing conundrum, to which the striking similarity of aunt and lawyer may have provided the key from the beginning. (B.K.)