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Didier Bezace ...
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Dodo
Charlotte Kady ...
Marie
Jean-Roger Milo ...
Manuel
Nils Tavernier ...
Vincent
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Antoine
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Cécile Garcia-Fogel ...
Kathy Marguet
Claude Brosset ...
Adore
Fabrice Roux ...
Toulouse
Jean-Luc Abel ...
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Martial ...
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Jacky Pratoussy ...
Mario (as Jacques Pratoussy)
Didier Castello ...
Willy
Jacques Rosny ...
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This gritty police drama shows us the underbelly of the Parisian drug trade. Lulu is a tough streetwise narcotics cop who, like a Frank Serpico or a Dirty Harry Callahan, doesn't play by the rules or kowtow to his weak and/or corrupt superiors. Lulu thrives in this violent world, where sheer guts can overcome his squad's deficiencies of money and equipment. Despite the ruthless environment that he lives and works in every day, he still manages somehow to maintain his humanity. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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9 September 1992 (France)  »

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A journal of working on the film was written by Bertrand Tavernier and published in Projections Issue No. 2 which is published yearly. The journal section is called "I Wake Up, Dreaming: A Journal for 1992" and begins on page 252. See more »

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Lucien 'Lulu' Marguet: We just arrested a member of the major idiots gang, Rasta Deep Shit.
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Episodes in the work of a drug-bust police unit
17 September 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

L.627 (1992) is a very good French neo-noir that I've now seen twice and that you can see here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9E991U9QII There are no subtitles on that source, but this is not an insuperable problem for those of us who take the time and trouble to conquer it.

This movie is quite amazing in how it holds your attention despite the fact that it has no conventional plot. It doesn't have a conventional episodic structure either. However, episodic may be the best way to describe it. Its main character is a plainclothes policeman (Didier Bezace) who works in a drug bust unit. The film develops his character thoroughly. The movie basically shows the work of the unit he's in and some of his personal relationships at home and with one particular stoolie-drug user-prostitute whom he likes a great deal and wants to save (Lara Guirao).

The movie basically reveals to us the nature of their work, the kinds of people they encounter, the people they arrest, the unit's own dysfunctions and failings, their frictions, their varied attitudes toward their work, their petty thefts, their brutality, their stakeouts, and their interactions with the broader society around them.

Bertrand Tavernier directed. I consider him a reliably good director. He did Coup de Torchon (1981), and he's also done other very good ones (that I know of) like "The Clockmaker of St. Paul", "The Judge and the Assassin", and "Round Midnight".


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