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Not for, or Against (Quite the Contrary) (2003)

Ni pour, ni contre (bien au contraire) (original title)
"Ni Pour, Ni Contre" tracks the fall of a young TV camerawoman, Caty, after she becomes involved with a group of petty criminals and their enigmatic leader, Jean. The gang lives ... See full summary »

Director:

Cédric Klapisch

Writers:

Santiago Amigorena (scenario and dialogue), Cédric Klapisch (scenario and dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marie Gillain ... Caty
Vincent Elbaz ... Jean
Simon Abkarian ... Freddy Karparian dit Lecarpe
Zinedine Soualem ... Mouss
Dimitri Storoge Dimitri Storoge ... Loulou
Natacha Lindinger ... Caprice
Jocelyn Lagarrigue Jocelyn Lagarrigue ... Gilles - télesurveillance
Pierre-Ange Le Pogam Pierre-Ange Le Pogam ... Le Directeur du Dépôt
Diane Kruger ... La call-girl du Directeur
Thierry Levaret Thierry Levaret ... Le Vigile
Michaël Abiteboul Michaël Abiteboul ... Bernard - Le King
Robert Plagnol ... Le Journaliste Caprice
Michaël Tissier Michaël Tissier ... Anthony Karparian, le fils de Freddy (as Mickaël Tissier)
Didier Menin Didier Menin ... Concierge Marriott
Thierry Flamand Thierry Flamand ... Le Journaliste
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"Ni Pour, Ni Contre" tracks the fall of a young TV camerawoman, Caty, after she becomes involved with a group of petty criminals and their enigmatic leader, Jean. The gang lives hand-to-mouth until the day Jean plans a daring bank robbery. Although other gang members feel out of their league, Jean persuades them to take part and Caty finds herself in a hellish world of betrayal, violence and murder. Written by Anonymous

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La mauvaise route est souvent la meilleure

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Country:

France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

5 March 2003 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Not for or Against... See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,164,209
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Soundtracks

Tosca e' un buon falco
(extrait de "Tosca")
Music by Giacomo Puccini
Performed by Orchestre de la Société des Concerts de Concervatoire
Conducted by Georges Prêtre
avec l'aimable autorisation de la société EMI Music France
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Nothing for, nothing against
27 June 2004 | by burrobaggySee all my reviews

Bit of a disappointment really - after a good start in Goodfellas mode (where the anti-hero's life of crime is linked to his love of good shoes) and an initially mildly intriguing set-up that never pays off, the film just gradually flat lines. It isn't terrible, but it isn't particularly good. Performances are fine but not outstanding and the plot ticks along on the usual robbery goes wrong lines without ever threatening any surprises. The biggest surprise is a bit part for Diane Kruger as a hooker, much more attractive here than in Troy.

The one thing which does impress is Klapisch's Scope framing. This is a man who really knows how to fill the wide, wide screen, and he throws in the greatest shot of Cannes' Carlton Hotel ever. It's just a shame that the script never rises to the level of visual invention.


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