Arsène Lupin (2004)

Character: Clarisse de Dreux-Soubise
Director: Jean-Paul Salomé
Co-Stars: Romain Duris, Kristin Scott Thomas, Pascal Greggory
Summary: Freely adapted from the novel by Maurice Leblanc.

A retelling of the glamorous life of Arsene Lupin, the celebrated jewel thief of belle epoque Europe. Tired of boring rural life at the family’s luxurious castle in Normandy, France, Arsene’s father (Nicky Naude) instructs him to steal a particularly necklace once worn by Marie Antoinette, from his unsympathetic relatives, the Dreux-Soubise. Lupin later sees his murdered father’s body on the cliff-tops, setting him on a path to vengeance. His early taste for jewellery theft turns him into a career burglar.

The adult Lupin (Romain Duris) carries out his crimes with debonair, impish charm, and a good deal of luck. He then meets and falls for the mysteriously youthful Countess of Cagliostro (Kristin Scott-Thomas), whose criminal tendencies stray further even than the bloodless activities of her young lover. Meanwhile, his relationship with his cousin and childhood sweetheart, the respectable and pure-hearted Clarisse (Eva Green), leads him to become embroiled in an affair which links directly to the Countess, his father’s murder, and that necklace he stole as a young boy.

Director Jean-Paul Salomé talks about Eva: “She was the ideal opposition to the somber character of the Countess. Her unusual beauty, but also the mystery she can emanate, avoided that the character of Clarisse would be only a pure and too smooth girl. And I can assure you that Eva is one of the most gifted actresses of her generation, in addition to her amazing beauty. She transpierces the film!”