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L.627 (1992)

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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 ... See full summary »

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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 ...
J.P.
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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Bertrand Tavernier co-wrote this anti-drugs film with a Drug Squad detective, and dedicated it to his ex-heroin addict son. See more »

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Cecile: You have no friends, they're all informants.
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A Very Honest Film
14 June 2013 | by (São Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

"L-627" touches on an issue explored several times in many films and TV series, which is the problems faced by police forces while dealing with the organized crime, yet it looks like something never seen before. While many of those films who dealt with the theme always feet the need to show some piece of the action (or just become it rather than make its denounce) this movie seems more concerned in just following the many pieces of a failed mechanism, the bureaucracy that doesn't allow those honest, hard workers and badly paid to do their job with efficiency. It's a system so failed and broken that the only way for these law men act is to use of brutality, wrong doings and corruption as way to survive, stay alive or fulfill the law the "best" way they can.

Miles away from being the usual thriller/action flick, "L-627" is a realistic closer look at the day-to-day of a police team and their methods to bring down an important drug dealer. Most of the time is occupied by arresting couriers, minor bandits acquaintance of those bigger ones, and lots and lots of paperwork, stakeouts and beating of suspects. The main character, Lulu, is an inspector (Didier Bezace) transfered to another team after a misunderstanding with his superior. Things were supposed to look worse than it was but no, it looks the same to him, slightly better. He still needs to deal with lazy and irresponsible co-workers, more concerned about playing pranks at each other or acting in the wrong time instead of following the rules. To make things more complicated he has to deal with personal matter such as his occasional lover, a prostitute with many problems of her own; and also deal with his ex-wife, lives already torn apart due to his commitment with his career in the force.

Although there's some lack of a chief figure around their team, the pressure is present at all times. It is soaked in their bones and it follows them through the every operation, every missed chance. At a certain point, while improvising a stakeout inside of a school, you feel like supporting these characters in their arrest of a suspect even though the cops were rude and careless about what the headmaster is saying to them. It's the only way they can work, they don't have other ways. It's not by the book but in the end it was the right thing to do. And the saddest part is that most of their effort goes to waste when the judicial system sets free many of the people they detained, because of lack of proof, crooks who have money to pay for their bails, and things like that. Yet, the inspector needs to show results, chase, run, escape from bullets and eminent danger to make those arrests...

This truly looks as a real movie about real police stations out there around the world. It's quite a shock that even in a great developed country like France you would see such a thing happening. It's a work of fiction but of course they were looking at real examples. I couldn't leave behind "Elit Squad" and its sequel. Those movies, made years later and based on biographical accounts that took place in Brazil, are very similar in its story treatment and criticism about the police system. The difference is that in "Squad" you have a certain detachment because it tries too be the generic and exaggerated action film, filled with stars, and very didactic with an overexposed voice-over from the main character (already a classic in here) while "L-627" is almost like a documentary with relatively unknown actors, and all centered in the few perks of the job - pay attention to the many humored moments they have as a group - and its countless disadvantages. Bertrand Tavernier got perfectly right with the casting, allowing the audience to be there with the characters rather than following a main star doing all the action. All the performances are terrific, but the highlight goes to Mr. Bezace, who plays this anti-hero/common man easy for us to relate with, even in his hardest moments, completely out of control. Yet he loves all that stress and the pressure that comes with all the obstacles present in its work. Tavernier's view on the problems faced by police corporations is relatively the same and present everywhere, that's why it's relevant (even now) to watch a movie like this. You get a wider understanding on why being in such line of work is ungrateful, and very tempting that good professionals may succumb to addictions, corruption, or abusing of their authority.

I only object to a certain slowness from the plot, staggering really bad sometimes, and the fact of having two extremely similar guys acting on the same team. There's an actor, also playing a policeman, who looked exactly like Lulu and it was very confusing to set them apart from one another. Other than those rubbish complaints, "L-627" is a powerful movie with a great statement to make. 9/10


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