Judge Jacques Brel indicts three cops for beating a suspect to death
"Law Breakers" is a top-notch seventies neo-noir. In the French system, an independent judge is tasked with putting together a case for indictment and prosecution, which is handled by a separate person. Jacques Brel is such a judge who works on a case of police brutality in which 3 cops (including Michel Lonsdale) kill a man while interrogating him at the police station (off screen). The defense attorney for the 3 men is veteran actor Charles Denner. All the supporting roles are cast and played well.
Brel runs into many obstacles, including pressures and threats. The many ways in which the system is corrupted are depicted nicely.
The film is especially good at bringing out its themes, and they are made integral to the action and characters. The need for a constant fight by good people against tyranny of all kinds is brought out nicely, even when battles are lost.
The story is highly suspenseful without being contrived. Although there is a subplot involving Brel's son, an activist student, and students marching, this does not date the movie at all because the main complications and themes are never out of date. They merely place the action at a particular time and place.
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