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Diabolique

The wife and mistress of a sadistic man conspire to murder him.
Psychological Thriller
Big Plot Twist

 

United States
1996
Feature Film
Realism: 
Plausible
Trickster: 
Impostor
6
Three cheers!
3.04
6
7.04
7.04
3
3
1
Photography
Pace
Dialogue
Ah, good old 1990s thrillers! This is just about where the trend ended. Scream happened, and, all of the sudden, audiences needed more than dialogue-driven plots and twisted romance. Chazz Palminteri plays a cardboard character who treats his wife and his mistress like crap, Isabelle Adjani and Sharon Stone, respectively, so he deserves whatever is coming at him. Kind of...
So, really, what this comes down to is an attempt at a perfect murder, where the protagonists try to get rid of a body and run into complications. A relationship blooms between Stone and Adjani that really drives this story. They’re different women who argue a lot. This is a good script and it will lead them dark places, but it’s a little slow and doesn’t always spend time where it should.
With Sharon Stone aboard, things get sexual, and with no alpha male left alive, we get lesbian undertones. The film is based on a novel, which explains how dense it is despise a simple premise. This is the stuff moviegoers were all about when it came out, and it hasn’t aged at all. What this film set out to do it achieved hands down. It’s the ultimate psychological thriller with a pinch of horror.
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