An adaptation of Leslie Kaplan’s novel of the same name, Fever draws from a well of inspiration… most notably the famed American murderers, Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb. Nathan and Richard kidnapped and murdered 14 year old Bobby Franks on May 21, 1924. The subsequent trial for Bobby Franks murder was deemed the “Trial of the Century” at the time.
This is hardly the first time such subject matter has been explored and reimagined on the big screen (Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope (1947) comes to mind), but it is perhaps the best exploration of said subject matter put to film. Damien and Pierre are the Leopold and Loeb-esque figures and main characters of Fever who conspire to murder a random woman just to see if they can get away with it.
As a fan of both thrillers and French cinema, I enjoyed every minute of Fever. Martin Loizillon and Pierre Moure give inspired performances as Damien and Pierre in a film that delves deep into the mindsets of its complex characters in ways similar films like Murder by Numbers (2002) could never dream up.
A truly great 5 star film.