For whatever reason, Philippe and Daniel choose to vacation in Southeast Asia, where they meet Hans, a resident of the area who acts as their patron and guide. Before they leave to return ... See full summary »
For whatever reason, Philippe and Daniel choose to vacation in Southeast Asia, where they meet Hans, a resident of the area who acts as their patron and guide. Before they leave to return to Paris, the two present Hans with a gift of their leftover native hashish. 18 month's later, an Amnesty International lawyer, shows up and informs them that Hans was arrested and imprisoned for drug possession shortly after their departure and is now condemned to death. Philippe and Daniel have an opportunity to help Hans by confessing their deed to the authorities, sharing blame for the crime and accepting prison terms. Additional pressure is enforced by Hans' ex-girlfriend, the argument being that the life at stake is Hans'. Phillipe and Daniel maintain that their lives are at stake as well. Written by
This one really caught me by surprise. The plot is marvelous, the characters extremely well-drawn, and everything is strong enough to be suspenseful without relying on cheap effects. Chock-full of humanity, this is not politically correct stuff, nor a Midnight Express rip-off (I like this one better !). The idea of putting together two mirror-image character (One has everything to win through his ordeal, the other one everything to lose) is unforgettable. When you reach this level of gut-wrenching quality, one wonder halfway through : will the end be worth it ? AND the last minutes are even better than the movie itself.
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