L'amour braque (1985)


L'amour braque (1985)

After the successful bank robbery Micky hopes to take back his girlfriend Mary who has been taken from him by the brothers Venin. On the way to Paris he meets one Leon, a neurotic and dreamer, whom he and his associates consider an idiot. Leon can hardly understand what Micky is up to but he follows him everywhere and soon falls in love with Mary. This strange love triangle resolves in a tragic ending. Strange it may seem but the credits tell us that "The film is inspired by Dostoyevsky's "The Idiot" and intended as a homage to the great writer".
IMDb  6.3 /10
Director Andrzej Zulawski
Writer Fyodor Dostoevsky
Writer Étienne Roda-Gil
Writer Andrzej Zulawski
Release Date1985-02-27
Runtime1h 41mins
GenreComedy, Drama, Romance
Content RatingUnrated (Unrated)
Awards1 nomination.
CompanySara Films
André - l'amant d'Aglaé et de sa mère
Le commissaire
Gilbert Venin
Serge Spira
Serge Spira
Le baron
Julie Ravix
Julie Ravix
La mère de Marie
Azeddine Bouayad
Azeddine Bouayad
Harry Cleven
Harry Cleven

L'Amour braque

L'Amour braque (English: Mad Love) is a 1985 French romantic drama film directed by Andrzej Żuławski and starring Sophie Marceau, Francis Huster, and Tchéky Karyo. The film is about a bank robber on his way to Paris who meets a neurotic dreamer whom he considers to be an idiot. The dreamer follows him everywhere and soon falls in love with his girlfriend, resulting in a tragic ending. The film is loosely inspired by Fyodor Dostoevsky's 1869 novel The Idiot. The film received a Fantasporto International Fantasy Film Award Nomination for Best Film in 1986.


Following a successful bank robbery, Micky (Tchéky Karyo) tries to take back his girlfriend Mary (Sophie Marceau) who had been taken from him by the brothers Venin. On his way to Paris, Micky meets Leon (Francis Huster), a neurotic dreamer who is considered an idiot by Micky and his associates. Uncertain about Micky's actions, Leon follows him everywhere and eventually falls in love with Mary. This strange love triangle leads to a tragic ending.


  • Sophie Marceau as Mary
  • Francis Huster as Léon
  • Tchéky Karyo as Micky
  • Christiane Jean as Aglaé
  • Jean-Marc Bory as Simon Venin
  • Wladimir Yordanoff as Matalon
  • Marie-Christine Adam as Marie's Mother
  • Michel Albertini as André
  • Saïd Amadis as Le caïd
  • Roland Dubillard as Le commissaire
  • Ged Marlon as Gilbert Venin
  • Serge Spira as Le baron
  • Julie Ravix as Gisèle
  • Azeddine Bouayad as Harry Cleven
  • Pascal Elso


It was the first cinematic collaboration between Sophie Marceau and Andrzej Żuławski, who later made three more films together.

Żuławski cast Marceau after seeing her in Fort Saganne. "I was struck by Sophie’s quality of immediate truth," said Żuławski. "It could have been her youth. But when we met, it was obvious that it came from inside her."

"He gets things out of his actors that they never knew were there," said Marceau of the director. "Sometimes it hurts, yet you are changed by it."


The film was a commercial flop.