The dark-haired, charismatic Anglade made his feature film debut in a small role in "L'Indiscretion" (1982) and followed with a critically-lauded leading role in Patrice Chereau's "L'Homme blesse/The...
A dead body with a smashed-in face and cut-off hands is uncovered at a Montreal construction site. The local authorities are all over it but police inspector Hugo Leclair (Tcheky Karyo) thinks it might be bigger than just a random murder and decides to bring in his good friend Special Agent Illeana Scott (Angelina Jolie) an FBI profiler who relies on her intuition rather than conventional crime-solving techniques. She proves it by immediately lying in the victim's grave to get a "sense" of what happened to him. (Wow we've never seen that before.) The Montreal detectives on the case Paquette (Olivier Martinez) and Duval (Jean-Hugues Anglade) are skeptical of her ways especially Paquette who thinks she's just plain nuts (we're with ya Paquette) and resents her involvement. The investigative team catches a lucky break when witness James Costa (Ethan Hawke) pops up claiming he stumbled upon the killer mid-murder (but not in time to save the victim) and can identify him. With Costa's help Illeana gets a clearer picture of her "profile " discovering he is a chameleon-like serial killer who "life-jacks" his victims assuming their lives and identities. At first she's hot on his tracks but the usually detached Illeana is thrown for a loop when an unexpected attraction develops between her and James. She suddenly feels like she is losing her touch; and surrounded by what could be a bevy of potential suspects things get chillingly personal.
Jolie has done this before sort of in the 1999 The Bone Collector in which she played a homicide detective who works with a quadriplegic partner to catch a serial killer so inhabiting Agent Scott is not new territory for her. Neither is acting in the steamy love scene she gets to share with Hawke which as we all know is something Jolie can do well. What is surprising for a movie of this type however is the fact the uptight emotionless FBI profiler actually gets to have sex which brings out Scott's more human qualities. The ultra-smooth Hawke whom we haven't seen since his Oscar-nominated turn in the 2001 Training Day also does some intriguing things with his character who may or may not be the bad guy (see below). The rest of the cast however falls into conventional psycho thriller compartments--the good cop (Anglade) the bad cop (Martinez) the concerned confidante (Karyo) and the person who provides key information about the serial killer's background (his mother played by Gena Rowlands)--without shedding anything new on the proceedings.
If you've seen one big-budget psychological serial killer movie you've seen them all. You know that the one guy they want you to think is the killer really isn't. You know that the other more unlikely guy probably is. You know somehow the hero--a smart cop FBI agent etc.--will eventually find his or her life in mortal danger. And finally you know the killer rarely dies on the first attempt; he always comes back. What you hope is that at some point the filmmaker will throw a wrench in the works. Something you couldn't predict even if given all the clues. Taking Lives director D.J. Caruso tries his best to do this. Through his camerawork he sets up Illeana's hyper-sensitive skills of observation as she notices everything around her only to see those skills fail on her later--and aided by composer Phillip Glass' haunting musical score the film reaches the predictable high points fulfilling its thriller quota. Montreal also provides a change of pace from the usual grimy Big Apple or other such gritty American locales prominently feature in such films. But what keeps Taking Lives in the running is its curveball at the end. If you don't mind wading through the rest of the movie's obviousness the wait is worth it.
Arrested for stealing chocolate at age 15 (date approximate)
First collaboration with Luc Besson, "Subway", co-starring Isabelle Adjani
Feature film debut small role in "L'Indiscretion"
Had leading role in "Mortel transfert/Mortal Transfer", directed by Jean-Jacques Beineix
First English-language performance, "Nocturne indien/Indian Nocture"
Starred in "En Face"
First leading role in Patrice Chereau's "L'Homme blesse/The Wounded Man"
Feature screenwriting and directorial debut, "Tonka"; also starred
Co-starred in Besson's "Nikita/La femme Nikita"
Co-starred with Isabelle Adjani in Chereau's "La Reine Margot/Queen Margot"
The dark-haired, charismatic Anglade made his feature film debut in a small role in "L'Indiscretion" (1982) and followed with a critically-lauded leading role in Patrice Chereau's "L'Homme blesse/The Wounded Man" (1983). In the latter, the 28 year-old played a gay teenager who becomes infatuated with a criminal (Vittorio Mezzogiorno) whom he kills in a fit of passion. Anglade was featured in a minor role in Richard Dembo's Oscar-winning "Dangerous Moves/La Diagonale du fou" (1984) before gaining exposure as Zorg, the narrator of Jean-Jacques Beineix's story of obsessive love "Betty Blue/37.2 le matin" (1985). That same year, he was featured as a roller-skater in Luc Besson's "Subway".<p>Anglade went on to portray a doctor in love with Nastassja Kinski in the romantic drama "Maladie d'amour" (1987). In his first (mostly) English-language film, 1989's "Nocturne indien/Indian Nocturne", he was a man, searching in vain for a friend who had disappeared in India, who begins to assume the missing person's identity. Anglade won praise for his magnetism and skill in essaying a neutral character who eventually develops an ambiguity as he travels across the sub-continent. In Besson's "Nikita/La femme Nikita" (1990), he was Marco, the unknowing boyfriend of Anne Parillaud's assassin-for-hire. Anglade appeared in the two-hander "Nuit d'ete en ville/A Summer Night in Town" (also 1990), as a gardener engaging in a sexual encounter with a teacher (Marie Trintignant). In the fantasy "Gawin" (1991), he essayed the role of a terminally ill young boy's father who pretends to be an extra-terrestrial to fulfill his son's dreams. He further demonstrated his range with his award-winning portrayal of King Charles IX opposite Isabelle Adjani's "La Reine Margot/Queen Margot" directed by Patrice Chereau. In Roger Avary's "Killing Zoe" (both 1994), Anglade was galvanizing as the mastermind of a bank robbery that goes fatally awry. He played a ruthlessly charming publisher courting Emmanuelle Beart in "Nelly & Mr. Arnaud" (1995).
together from c. 1992; born in India; co-starred in "Tonka"