The Swindle (1997 film)

The Swindle

Film poster
Directed by Claude Chabrol
Produced by Marin Karmitz
Written by Claude Chabrol
Starring Isabelle Huppert
Michel Serrault
François Cluzet
Jean-François Balmer
Jackie Berroyer
Cinematography Eduardo Serra
Edited by Monique Fardoulis
Release dates
  • 15 October 1997 (1997-10-15)
Running time
104 minutes
Country France
Language French
Budget $9.1 million
Box office $7.9 million[1]

The Swindle (French: Rien ne va plus) is a 1997 French crime-comedy film directed by Claude Chabrol that starred Isabelle Huppert.[2]


Victor and Betty are small-time confidence tricksters operating from a camper van who specialise in business conventions. Betty lures a delegate to a hotel room, where she slips him knock-out drops. Victor then joins her and they go through his cash, cheques, credit cards and passport. Victor's golden rule is never to be greedy, instead taking just a bit from each victim.

Betty enjoys exercising her powers of attraction, however, and gets more ambitious. She starts an affair with Maurice, who is a courier for money launderers and has to deliver an attaché case to the Caribbean. Victor reluctantly joins her plot and on the aeroplane they switch Maurice's case, which contains 5 million Swiss francs, for an identical case they have filled with newspaper. When Maurice's contacts find they have been swindled, they first torture him to death and then go looking for Victor and Betty. After the two have undergone some brutal questioning, they hand over the right case with 2.8 million Swiss francs in it. Fooled by Victor's golden rule, the gangsters let the pair go.

Victor, cross with Betty for stepping out of their league and endangering their lives, disappears with the 2.2 million Swiss francs he kept. She tracks him down at his Swiss hideaway and in the end the two make it up.


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