Toutes peines confondues (film)

Toutes peines confondues is a 1992 French crime drama film starring Mathilda May. It was filmed and produced at locations in France and Switzerland, and bases on the 1985 novel Sweetheart by Andrew Coburn.

Toutes peines confondues
French Film poster showing Patrick Bruel and Jacques Dutronc
Directed byMichel Deville
Produced byRosalinde Deville
Written byAndrew Coburn
Rosalinde Deville
StarringPatrick Bruel
Jacques Dutronc
Mathilda May
CinematographyBernard Lutic
Edited byRaymonde Guyot
Distributed byAMLF
Release date
  • 8 April 1992 (1992-04-08)
Running time
107 minutes
Box office$6.7 million[1]


The French detective superintendent Christophe Vade (Patrick Bruel) investigates the murder of an elderly French couple in the French Alps. In the course of his investigation he encounters Jeanne Gardella (Mathilda May), the wife of the businessman Antoine Gardella (Jacques Dutronc), a member of organized crime, and the son of the murdered couple. Antoine Gardella and his wife Jeanne live harmoniously, but Jeanne Gardella was forced by Thurson (Vernon Dobtcheff), a dubious agent of Interpol to her "role as wife" in the context of an undercover action against the European organized crime. Despite his criminal background, Jeanne loves her husband. Thurson also urges Christophe Vade to investigate Gardella and his wife in connection with the murder of those parents, and to get an additional pressure medium to gouge Jeanne Gardella to continue that farce. Thurson does not explain that plan either to inspector Vade or Jeanne Gardella, who fell in love, finally tolerated by Antoine Gardella who accepts that his wife was forced to that undercover action by Thurson. Tightly interwoven with the main story, the subplot plays in the milieu of the Swiss city of Zürich, and the advances of the brutal and corrupt city police officer Scatamacchia (Hans Heinz Moser) against a hostess allow a very personal view on Scandurat (Bruce Myers), Gardella's business partner and close friend. Finally, Vadella is forced to kill Vade and Jeanne, but refuses and choices suicide, to meet the unwritten rules within the organized crime.


Background and production

The film bases on the 1985 novel Sweetheart by Andrew Coburn. Toutes peines confondues premiered on 8 April 1992 in France, in Belgium on 4 June 1992, in Germany on 27 August 1992 and in Sweden on 30 July 1993. The film was shot and produced at locations in the French Alps,[2] and partially in Lyon and in Zürich. For international use, Toutes peines confondues was also titled Sweatheart.[3]


  2. "Toutes Peines Confondues" (in French). Retrieved 2015-04-05.
  3. "Toutes peines confondues". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-04-05.
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