L'Amour braque

L'Amour braque

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Andrzej Zulawski
Produced by Antoine Gannagé
Alain Sarde
Written by Etienne Roda-Gil
Andrzej Zulawski
Fyodor Dostoevsky
(The Idiot)
Starring Sophie Marceau
Francis Huster
Tchéky Karyo
Music by Stanislas Syrewicz
Cinematography Jean-François Robin
Edited by Marie-Sophie Dubus
Distributed by AMLF (France)
Release dates
  • 27 February 1985 (1985-02-27) (France)
Running time
101 minutes
Country France
Language French
Box office $4 million[1]

L'Amour braque (English: Mad love) is a 1985 French romantic drama film directed by Andrzej Zulawski and starring Sophie Marceau, Francis Huster, and Tchéky Karyo. Inspired by Dostoyevsky's novel The Idiot, 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.[2] The film received a Fantasporto International Fantasy Film Award Nomination for Best Film in 1986.[3]


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.[2]



It was the first cinematic collaboration between Sophie Marceau and Andrzej Zulawski who later married and made a number of other movies together.[4]

Zulawski cast Marceau after seeing her in Fort Saganne. "I was struck by Sophie’s quality of immediate truth," says Zulawski. "It could have been her youth. But when we met, it was obvious that it came from inside her."[5]

"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."[5]


The film was a commercial flop.[5]


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