A Crime in Paradise

A Crime in Paradise (French: Un crime au paradis) is a 2001 French comedy film directed by Jean Becker, adapted by Sebastien Japrisot from the story by Sacha Guitry, and starring Jacques Villeret and Josiane Balasko. The scenario was used on the film La Poison (1951).

A Crime in Paradise
French Poster
Directed byJean Becker
Produced byChristian Fechner
Written bySebastien Japrisot
Jean Becker
based on La Poison by Sacha Guitry
StarringJacques Villeret
Josiane Balasko
André Dussollier
Music byPierre Bachelet
CinematographyJean-Marie Dreujou
Edited byJacques Witta
Distributed byUGC Fox Distribution
Release date
  • 9 February 2001 (2001-02-09) (Berlinale)
  • 28 February 2001 (2001-02-28) (France)
Running time
89 minutes
Budget$11.9 million
Box office$13.9 million[1]


1980, in a rural village in the Lyon region, Saint-Julien-sur-Bibost. Joseph Poacher ("Jojo") and his wife Lucienne ("Lulu"), a nagging shrew and inveterate alcoholic, lead a married life for the less confrontational, in their farm located in a place called "Paradise". One day, Jojo watches a story on television about a brilliant lawyer who has just achieved his twenty-fifth acquittal. Very impressed, Jojo will seeks the lawyer out. He tells her he killed his wife even though he hasn't actually yet done so. By a set of very clever questions, is explaining how he would have had to make to be pretty sure to get the extenuating circumstances. Jojo in then returns to "Paradise" and begins to organize, as directed by the lawyer, the staging of the "perfect crime".



  1. ^ "Un crime au paradis (2001)". JP Box Office. Retrieved 2001-02-28.

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