The Crime is Mine (Mon Crime) – François Ozon – Movie Review by Efe Teksoy


Cinema Writer/Film Critic Efe TEKSOY; wrote the comedy and crime film “THE CRIME IS MINE (MON CRIME)”, for America’s Los Angeles-based Internet Newspaper @alaturkanews.



Mon Crime movie, directed by François Ozon, one of the leading new representatives of the “New Wave” (la Nouvelle Vague) movement in French cinema, It is a loose adaptation of the 1934 play same name by Georges Berr and Louis Verneuil. For the cinema of François Ozon, known for his dramatic and serious films; It is the last part of the trilogy, following the films 8 femmes (2002) and Potiche (2010). But this production features theatrical performances in the genre of The Screwball Comedy. It tells the story of a young actress living in Paris in the 1930s, who was the victim of a sexual assault attempt, and stepping into a life full of victory and success, which begins when the truth comes to light. Shooting of the film took place between April and June 2022 in Paris and its surroundings, as well as in the Belgian cities of Charleroi and Brussels; in crime, comedy and drama genres.

Stars; Nadia Tereszkiewicz, Rebecca Marder, Isabelle Huppert, Fabrice Luchini, Dany Boon, André Dussollier, Édouard Sulpice, Régis Laspalès, Olivier Broche, Félix Lefebvre, Evelyne Buyle and Franck de la Personne.



Famous director François Ozon humorously criticizes the gender discrimination in the twentieth-century French justice system and highlights the women at the center of his cinema as strong-dominant figures manifesting themselves in the male-dominated ideology, and focuses on female solidarity with feminist narrative elements. French philosopher Simone de Beauvoir, a feminist thinker, makes a scientific examination of the oppression of women in her 1949 work titled ‘The Second Sex’ (Le Deuxième Sexe), in which she laid the foundations of modern feminism. She re-reads contemporary ideas such as existentialism, phenomenology, and structural anthropology, as well as philosophical classics such as Hegel and Marx, on the gender plane.

Beauvoir; “We can understand how the hierarchy between the sexes is established only by reconsidering the data of prehistory and ethnography in the light of existential philosophy.” The philosopher added: “Because humanity questions itself in its existence, that is, because it prefers the reasons for living to life itself, the man has put himself as the master in front of the woman; The man’s plan is not to repeat himself over time, but to dominate the moment and establish the future.” She emphasizes that man’s activity prevails over the blurred forces of life and enslaves women. The effects mentioned by Simone de Beauvoir in the movie are; We can see it through the gender inequality that women Madeleine and Pauline initially suffered from, and then the female solidarity they implemented to cope with men.



Judith Butler, who completed her higher education and doctorate at Yale University, works as a professor of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature at the University of California. In her most important work, “Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity “, which is among the fundamental works of feminist theory; “Although the unproblematized unity of “women” is frequently invoked for the sake of building identity-based solidarity, the feminist subject is divided by the distinction between sex and gender.” she says. In the movie The Crime is Mine, we also witness the gender discrimination that Butler mentions. We see that women, who were condemned to passivity at the beginning of the story, are forced to be content with things that exist naturally.



BUTLER. Judith, Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (Cinsiyet Belası). Başak Ertür, translate, Istanbul: Metis Yayinlari press, 2005

BEAUVOIR, Simone de, The Secon Sex (İkinci Cinsiyet), Gülnur Acar Savran, translate, Koc Universitesi Yayinlari press, 2016


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