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A 2004 film adaptation of the classic Arsène Lupin stories, it was an action-packed crime thriller that, like the books, glorified thievery if you were well-spoken and chivalrous. Like the stories, Lupin is also a part-time vigilante. The film does its best to incorporate a lot of Lupin stories, despite there being enough for a saga-with-the-final-movie-in-two-parts, but in a way where it steals bits and pieces of important plots from across the collection to weave into its focused narrative.

This narrative is basically the life of Lupin, with the action coming from a plot some may mistake for The Da Vinci Code. Like many modern French films, it was a co-production with the rest of Western Europe (Spain, Italy, UK).

It was directed by Jean-Paul Salomé and stars Romain Duris as Lupin, Kristin Scott Thomas as Joséphine, Pascal Greggory as Beaumagnan, and Eva Green as Clarisse de Dreux-Soubise.

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Compare the 1932 Hollywoodian film of the same name with John Barrymore as Lupin.


Tropes:

  • Adaptation Combination: Includes elements from stories "The Arrest of Arsène Lupin", "The Queen's Necklace", "Sherlock Holmes Arrives Too Late", and novels 813 and The Countess of Cagliostro.
  • Disappeared Dad: In the movie, Lupin deals with the death of his father as a young man.
  • Femme Fatale: Josephine.
  • Gentleman Thief: Lupin, who is still the trope codifier.
  • Lovable Rogue: Lupin as a young adult.

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