L'Amour braque

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

L'Amour braque
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAndrzej Zulawski
Produced byAntoine Gannagé
Alain Sarde
Written byEtienne Roda-Gil
Andrzej Zulawski
Fyodor Dostoevsky
(The Idiot)
StarringSophie Marceau
Francis Huster
Tchéky Karyo
Music byStanislas Syrewicz
CinematographyJean-François Robin
Edited byMarie-Sophie Dubus
Distributed byAMLF (France)
Release date
  • 27 February 1985 (1985-02-27) (France)
Running time
101 minutes
Box office$4 million[1]


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.[4]



It was the first cinematic collaboration between Sophie Marceau and Andrzej Zulawski who later made three more films together.[5]

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."[6]

"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."[6]


The film was a commercial flop.[6]


  1. http://www.jpbox-office.com/fichfilm.php?id=6469
  2. Bergan, Ronald (21 February 2016). "Andrzej Żuławski obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  3. "Awards for L'amour braque". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 7 April 2012.
  4. "L'amour braque". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 19 September 2011.
  5. http://www.cosmos-lefilm.com/en/crew/andrzej_zulawski.html
  6. Anne-Elisabeth Moutet, "Educating Sophie", Elle Magazine 1 May 1986

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