A Crime in Paradise

A Crime in Paradise

French Poster
Directed by Jean Becker
Produced by Christian Fechner
Written by Sacha Guitry (1951)
Jean Becker
Starring Jacques Villeret
Josiane Balasko
André Dussollier
Music by Pierre Bachelet
Cinematography Jean-Marie Dreujou
Edited by Jacques Witta
Distributed by UGC Fox Distribution
Release dates
  • 9 February 2001 (2001-02-09) (Berlinale)
  • 28 February 2001 (2001-02-28) (France)
Running time
89 minutes
Country France
Language French
Budget $11.9 million
Box office $13.9 million[1]

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


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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