A chronicle of a group of friends in rural France in 1918. Garris and Riton live in Marais, a quiet region along the banks of Loire river. Riton is afflicted with a bad-tempered wife and ... See full summary »
Episodic portrait of a criminal, from 1934 until after the war. Roberto Borgo is tough, cool, sardonic, loyal, and deadly. He comes to Marseilles to help his friend Xavier Saratov get out ... See full summary »
Working class couple Antoine and Antoinette dream of a better life. In the midst of constantly fending off the unwanted attention of men, especially the grocer Monsieur Roland, Antoinette ... See full summary »
Arthur and Anatole are two little robbers. They want to rob money, money that will travel in a special train from Paris to Bruxelles. They don't know that other people have planned to do ... See full summary »
Set during World War II, and stuck on the beaches near Dunkirk, Julien Maillat tries to join England by boat with the English Army, but cannot succeed. He , then, tries to organize the life... See full summary »
Bob Letellier, a good looking rich kid who studies science, makes the acquaintance of Alain, a cynical and immoral young man. The latter introduces him to the existentialist circles of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Bob is invited to a party and becomes Clo's lover, a rich heiress.
In spring 1976, a 19-year-old beauty, her German-born mother, and her crippled father move to the town of a firefighter nicknamed Pin-Pon. Everyone notices the provocative Eliane. She ... See full summary »
Antoine Méliot is around 40 years old and has everything he needs to be happy: a beautiful wife, two adorable children, friends he can count on, a pretty house in the Yvelines and money. ... See full summary »
Like its antihero's life of crime, A Man Called La Rocca doesn't ultimately amount to much, but it's an entertaining enough crime story that gets by on atmosphere and star power. Just as well, because the storytelling, particularly in the first third, isn't as clear as it could be - the film feels like it's missing a reel after the title sequence - and the film drifts from incident to incident at times like Belmondo's smalltime gangster. The ostensible plot sees him called to Marseilles to help out a friend (Pierre Vaneck) who has been framed by his business partner only to end up taking over the club, but it's given no urgency and remains strictly on the backburner for much of the movie. There are good scenes along the way, be it clearing out a gambling club when some difficult hoods don't want to leave or clearing out a minefield to get a reduction in his prison sentence. A few neat character details too: one of his sidekicks is a dandy who doesn't want to do anything that'll crease his expensive new suits while another looks like a shop foreman.
One of French cinema's many adaptations of a Jose Giovanni novel, directed by Jean Becker (whose father Jacques had previously filmed Giovanni's Le Trou) with the author serving as co-writer, it has his customary atmosphere allied to the kind of slightly minimalist black and white style of French polars of the early 60s that carries it over the rough patches without ever threatening to become a classic. Giovanni would go on to remake it in 1972 as La Scoumoune with Belmondo reprising his role and Michel Constantin, who convincingly plays a vicious deserter running a protection business here, playing the Vaneck role to considerably less effect all round.
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