A few tough criminals are ruthless in their pursuit of a lot of money.
But suddenly they become surrounded by cops. How is that possible?
I expected not much, but was still disappointed. It is a film that just
lacks real tension and excitement, due, I think, to uninspired
directing (Serge Leroy) and a mediocre screenplay, with hardly anything
original. When realism is your purpose, you should go all the way, like
in L.627 and L'engranages, but this film stays stuck somewhere in the
middle much too aggressive to be a romantic film, and too much
melodrama to be exciting as a crime film and that's the main reason
it doesn't withstand after thirty years.
There is also the problem of Pascale Rocard, who plays her part as
Sylvie (I guess on purpose) as flat as possible. In some way it
symbolizes her gullible character. Because, well, someone didn't have a
clue how to write an interesting female character in a story. Why would
a guy like Bertrand still be chasing her, or be chasing her at all? I
couldn't figure it out.
There is some good news though. It is a pretty decent film from the
perspective of Daniel Auteuil, who I expected to be the main character,
but wasn't. He seems to be enjoying his role as a young cop with
artistic tendencies a lot. Which can not to be said of the bad guy
performance by Thierry Lhermitte, one of the stars from Diner des Cons,
whose part as Dominique is all about looking over-the-top cool (waaaay
too large sunglasses, lots of brylcreem, leather pants, creepy smile).
There is some nice sense of cinematography sometimes, but also not
much, almost all of the film is average, as well as the music. There's
nothing that reminds us here this film is from 1983 it could as well
have been 1977 or 1995 for that matter. Much better crime films from
this era are Diva and Police. I rate it 5/10.
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