Film4: PREMIERE Saturday 16 January, 11.10pm
Unstable Lola Dueñas abandons her two children after falling for con-man gigolo Laurent Lucas, traipsing after him as his ‘sister’ while he works his charms on lonely widows and spinsters.
The real-life crimes committed by Raymond Fernandez and Martha Beck – dubbed ‘the Lonely Hearts Killers’ before their execution in 1951 – have been the source of four films before this updated Belgian revision from Fabrice Du Welz, director of the curious horror flicks Calvaire and Vinyan.
The most notorious remains Leonard Kastle’s raw black-and-white cult classic The Honeymoon Killers (1969), although Deep Crimson, a baroque 1996 Mexican fictionalisation, is even more disturbing for its deadpan recreation of the immediate postwar period in which this deranged couple fatally found their kindred spirits. What all of the films share is a curiously dispassionate view of psychotic lovers warped beyond repair or redemption.