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The Connection (La French), 2014.
Directed by Cédric Jimenez.
French police magistrate Pierre Michel wages an obsessive six-year battle to bring down Marseilles’ infamous “French Connection” drug ring.
A motorcycle weaves through the traffic where it connects with a car where the passengers are executed at point blank range. Meanwhile a police magistrate who is responsible for juveniles tries to convince a teenage female drug addict to go clean and tells his own story of how he was able to overcome his gambling problem. The two storylines become intertwined as the lawyer gets promoted to dismantle an infamous and ruthless drug network which has members of the police force, local and government officials on its payroll; the death of the young girl from an overdose ignites an obsession which will see him bend the rules in an effort to make that justice prevails. »
- Trevor Hogg
Plot: A magistrate (Jean Dujardin) stationed in Marseilles in the seventies, tries to dismantle the infamous .French Connection. which is supplying millions of dollars worth of heroin to the United States. His main target is the kingpin (Gilles Lellouche) at the head of the organization, which the media dubs .La French.. Review: Those of you reading this who may only be familiar with Jean Dujardin through his Oscar-winning turn in The Artist or his small part in The Wolf Of Wall »
- Chris Bumbray
Once again today I’m going to be taking a look back at a recent Oscar lineup and explaining what my vote would have been in each of the big eight categories we all follow so intently each season. I previously mentioned that potentially I could do this once a week with previous Academy Award ceremonies, and while I’m going to be truing to do that, time will still tell. Again, if nothing else, this gives you an interesting look into my cinematic tastes. Over the course of the year you can sort of get a feel for what my current favorites are, but now we can look to the past a bit more. Alright, here goes nothing: Best Picture – Moneyball The nominees here for this ceremony were The Artist, The Descendants, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Help, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Tree of Life, and War Horse. »
- Joey Magidson
The Connection (titled La French in its native county) has the makings of a great film, which is what makes the final product such a disapointment. Drawing upon the same case that was the basis for the William Friedkin classic, this companion piece to The French Connection should have it all - power, money, hubris, drugs, car chases, and exotic locales. As a kind of academic exercise it's telling what this film fails at in contrast to the 70's iteration. Where Friedkin's film is taut, with some epic set pieces (that car chase!), delightful dialogue -- "Pick your feet in Poughkeepsie!" and the amazing banter between Scheider and Hackman in their prime -- with this telling, we get an Oscar-caliber actor in Jean Dujardin...
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Paris — With a record 41 French pics playing at Toronto, Gallic movies will have the largest presence among foreign-language films at the fest. Meanwhile, Luc Besson’s blockbuster “Lucy” is sure to boost this year’s French films’ export figures, having grossed $218 million worldwide so far. But in reality, French-lingo movies are struggling to access theater screens, pushing local sales agents to seize different and non-traditional opportunities.
This certainly has been the case at recent movie markets, where sales agents are closing more and more deals with select digital platforms that are opening up to European arthouse fare. And while all-rights deals are proving harder to clinch, French movies are becoming hot material for foreign-language remakes in markets with strong local film industries. C’est la vie.
“Foreign-language remakes are getting more popular in markets like South Korea, India, Argentina and Brazil, which are dominated by local films and Hollywood movies, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Ever since Martin Scorsese made Goodfellas, giving the crime thriller a shot of sleek cool and moral complexity that moviegoers had not seen since the days of Delon and Melville, directors have hoped to recreate that film’s bustling energy and unnerving stabs at violence. In the process, many of those filmmakers have just ripped off Scorsese’s stylistic impulses, like electric montages to American rock and roll music, and glorified, sweeping long takes. However, Scorsese’s proclivity to craft absorbing, deeply conflicted heroes and villains is harder for others to master. Case in point: Cédric Jimenez’s stylish but formulaic true-crime thriller The Connection, which makes its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival this week.
The title refers to the infamous “French Connection” heroin ring. Seasoned moviegoers and fans of 1970s cinema know that name from the Oscar-winning thriller with Gene Hackman as Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle. Well, that »
- Jordan Adler
As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.
Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.
Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.
We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.
- Movie Geeks
Everyone is excited about Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's big wedding news - especially their pal George Clooney! George told People, "How great is that? I'm really happy for Brad and Angie and their whole family." George didn't provide any additional details, but he may have even attended the nuptials since he's currently in Europe himself. He's been filming a Nespresso commercial in Italy with Jean Dujardin and has gotten a few visits from his fiancée, Amal Alamuddin, on set. Brad and Angie haven't shared who specifically witnessed their wedding, but they did tell Popsugar that the ceremony took place "in the presence of family and friends." »
Gaumont Film Company and Drafthouse Films have just released an international teaser for Cédric Jimenez’s 1975-set crime thriller The Connection, starring The Artist Oscar winner Jean Dujardin. Inspired by true events and shot on 35mm, the film follows Dujardin as Pierre Michel, a young magistrate with a wife and kids who goes after the mafia-run French Connection drug organization and tangles with kingpin Gaetan Zampa (Gilles Lelouche of Mesrine: Killer Instinct).
Austin-based Drafthouse picked up U.S. rights out of Cannes based on an 8-minute sizzle reel and is plotting an April theatrical release, along with home video and digital formats. Drafthouse, the distribution arm of The Alamo Drafthouse, which hosts the genre festival Fantastic Fest in September, will offer exhibitors the option of screening 35mm prints in addition to DCPs in select markets. The Connection (Fka La French) is produced by Alain Goldman and Legende Films. Check out »
- Jen Yamato
La French Trailer. Cédric Jimenez‘s La French / The Connection (2014) movie trailer stars Jean Dujardin, Benoît Magimel, Céline Sallette, Gilles Lellouche, and Guillaume Gouix. La French‘s plot synopsis: “Academy Award-winning actor Jean Dujardin (The Artist, The Wolf of Wall Street) stars in this high-octane crime epic chronicling a violent [...]
- Rollo Tomasi
A first trailer has dropped for Toronto entry "The Connection," a European spin on 1971's "The French Connection" starring Jean Dujardin as a magistrate working to take down the organized drug trade in Marseille. The trailer is below (no subs, alas). Directed Cedric Jimenez shot his crime epic on 35mm to give it the flavor of the gritty William Friedkin classic that won Gene Hackman a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of undeterred police detective Popeye Doyle. Here's the synopsis:Marseille. 1975. Pierre Michel, a young magistrate with a wife and children, has just been transferred to help in the crackdown on organized crime. He decides to take on the French Connection, a mafia-run operation that exports heroin the world over. Paying heed to no one’s warnings, he leads a one-man campaign against mafia kingpin Gaetan Zampa, the most untouchable godfather of them all. Based on a true story and known as "La French" overseas, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
La French, aka The Connection for international festival audiences, jumps off from the same ’60s and ’70s drug-trafficking patterns that inspired The French Connection. Jean Dujardin stars as a young magistrate thrust into an attempt to corral international heroin smuggling, and follows his “violent six-year campaign to bring down the kingpin of a major narcotics […]
The post ‘The Connection’ Trailer: Jean Dujardin Stars in a ‘French Connection’ Riff (Updated) appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
Whoa - this looks cool! Oscar winner Jean Dujardin stars in what might be best described as a "reboot" of The French Connection, titled just The Connection in America, but known as La French back in France. Set in Marseille, the same place as French Connection, the film tells an action-heavy story about a French police magistrate who spends six years trying to take down one of the country's most powerful drug rings. Sound familiar? At least it doesn't look so bad, seriously. I like the music choices, I like the intense action, it doesn't look too cheesy or comical. I'm interested - what about you? No subtitles included but none needed. Here's the first trailer for Cédric Jimenez's The Connection, or La French, on YouTube (via SlashFilm): From the Tiff 2014 guide: "Academy Award-winning actor Jean Dujardin (The Artist, The Wolf of Wall Street) stars in this high-octane »
- Alex Billington
The Artist star Jean Dujardin did have a career before his Oscar-winning turn as a silent film star fallen upon hard times, and his post-Oscar triumphs have been nothing to sneeze at. He appeared briefly but memorably in Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, and then again in The Monuments Men. He’s also been hard at work in his native France, and will next be seen in Cedric Jimenez’s true-story crime thriller The Connection, premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The Connection has Dujardin in the role of Pierre Michel, a young magistrate recently transferred to Marseilles. Once there he runs a crash course in the ins and outs of the drug trade, now out of control in the city. His ambitious goal is to taken on the French Connection, the underground operation that oversees the city’s heroine trade. The Connection is run by Gaetan »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
There are few films about the battle between Johnny Law and drug dealers that can measure up to "The French Connection," so if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. That seems to be Cédric Jimenez's operating principle, as his forthcoming "The Connection" is a Euro flavored take on William Friedkin's classic. The movie is headed to the Toronto International Film Festival for its world premiere, and the first international teaser trailer is here. Jean Dujardin ("The Artist"), Gilles Lellouche, Céline Sallette and Benoît Magimel star in the action thriller, which looks pretty confidently put together. Here's the official synopsis: Newly transferred to the bustling port city of Marseille to assist with a crackdown on organized crime, energetic young magistrate Pierre Michel (Dujardin) is given a rapid-fire tutorial on the ins and outs of an out-of-control drug trade. Pierre's wildly ambitious mission is to take on the French »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Paris– Gaumont will be out in force at Toronto Intl. Film Festival with a record five French-language films selected in major sections.
The French studio will host the world premiere of this year’s hotly anticipated Gallic movies, Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache’s “Samba” and Cedric Jimenez’s “The Connection” slotted for a Gala unspooling.
An uplifting dramedy weaving friendship and romance, “Samba” marks Toledano and Nakache’s follow up to smash hit “The Intouchables.” The helmer duo reteamed with their star, Omar Sy, who plays a recent immigrant to France who bonds with a tormented social worker (Charlotte Gainsbourg).
Based on a true story, “The Connection” (“La French”), directed by Jimenez, chronicles the six-year battle waged by a French magistrate, played by Oscar winner Jean Dujardin (“The Artist”), to bring down Marseilles’ French connection drug ring.
Both “Samba” and “The Connection” have pre-sold in key territories. “The Connection »
- Elsa Keslassy
The Toronto International Film Festival announced more selections Tuesday for the upcoming 2014 edition of the annual awards season kick-off. The majority of the festival's program was announced last month, but this group includes intriguing world premieres from notable directors such as Todd McCarthy ("The Cobbler") and Gina Prince-Bythewood ("Beyond the Lights"). A number of the titles revealed have screened at other festivals including the underrated "Infinitely Polar Bear" and "Laggies" from Sundance as well as Cannes players "Two Days, One Night," "The Search" and "Clouds of Sils Maria." And yes, the presence of "Sils Maria," which is a favorite of this particular writer, means Kristen Stewart will likely hit one of the festival's many red carpets. As you'd expect for Toronto, the world premieres feature some big names including Josh Hutcherson and Benicio Del Toro in "Escobar: Paradise Lost," Jean Dujardin in "The Connection (La French)," Dustin Hoffman in "Boychoir, »
- Gregory Ellwood
One of the new films announced for the 2014 Toronto Film Festival this morning was Cedric Jimenez's The Connection (La French), a film that looks to tell the story from the other side of the pond for those of you familiar with William Friedkin's classic The French Connection. Starring Jean Dujardin (The Artist), the movie takes place in Marseille, 1975. Pierre Michel (Dujardin), a young police magistrate with a wife and children, has just been transferred to help crack down on the city's organized crime. He decides to take on the French Connection, a Mafia-run operation that exports heroin all over the world. Not paying heed to any warnings, he leads a one-man campaign against Mafia kingpin Gaetan Zampa (Gilles Lellouche), the most untouchable godfather of all. But Pierre Michel soon discovers that to get results he will have to change his methods. The film is featured as one of the »
- Brad Brevet
This morning the Toronto Film Festival added several more films to their lineup including the world premiere of Thomas McCarthy's The Cobbler which stars Adam Sandler as a New York City cobbler who, disenchanted with the grind of daily life, stumbles upon a magical heirloom that allows him to step into the lives of his customers and see the world in a new way. The film co-stars Method Man, Ellen Barkin, Melonie Diaz, Dan Stevens, Steve Buscemi and Dustin Hoffman. Additionally, Sundance standouts Infinity Polar Bear and Laggies starring Keira Knightley and Chloe Grace Moretz were added to the Gala selection. Joining The Cobbler as new additions to the Special Presentations field include Olivier Assayas' Clouds of Sils Maria starring Kristen Stewart and Juliette Binoche and Two Days, One Night from Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne and starring Marion Cotillard. Both films made a splash at Cannes earlier this year, »
- Brad Brevet
The 2014 Toronto Film Festival, which begins Sept. 4, added seven Galas and 17 Special Presentations to its lineup, including a semi-serious Adam Sandler project from Tom McCarthy, the director of The Station Agent and The Visitor. In The Cobbler, Sandler plays a man who has the unique ability to walk in his customers’ shoes. The movie features Dustin Hoffman, who also stars in Boychoir, François Girard’s tale of an orphan’s steep learning curve at a prestigious music school. In Welcome to Me, Kristen Wiig plays a mentally unstable woman who wins the lottery and decides to sink her winnings into a talk show. »
- Jeff Labrecque
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