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Fresh Bait (1995)
"L'appât" (original title)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  8 March 1995 (France)
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Three adolescents, a girl who serves as the priming and two boys, kill two men cold blooded who were known by the girl only for to steal the money of them. With the money the three want to ... See full summary »

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Nathalie
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Eric
Bruno Putzulu ...
Bruno
Richard Berry ...
Alain
Philippe Duclos ...
Antoine
Marie Ravel ...
Karine
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Patricia
Jean-Louis Richard ...
Innkeeper
Christophe Odent ...
Laurent
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Michel
Philippe Héliès ...
Pierre
Jacky Nercessian ...
M. Tapiro (Nathalie's boss)
Alain Sarde ...
Philippe
Daniel Russo ...
Jean-Pierre
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Three adolescents, a girl who serves as the priming and two boys, kill two men cold blooded who were known by the girl only for to steal the money of them. With the money the three want to open a shop for clothing in the United States. But their dream turns out to be more difficult to realize than the assassination. Written by Volker Boehm

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Ils sont jeunes. Ils veulent reussir vite. Elle est...

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This movie is based on true events. The real characters are still in prison. See more »

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Nathalie: Yeah, nice doggie, go help your master.
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Don't like it. Nuff said
24 April 2003 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

The short take,

The characters were shallow and narcissistic. The film was long and ill-paced. Its direction was aimless and repetitive. It seemed never to end... But when it did, that was the high point of my viewing....

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Now, the longer take,

I can infer the film was attempting to present a character study on the Americanisation and disillusionment of French youth. By extension, this cultural invasion may also account for the insidious moral/ ethical decay in the film's protagonists, thus explaining their soulless, shallow narcissism. Granted, its all very lofty themes indeed this film is striving to espouse.

But in my struggle with the notion of "arthouse for arthouse' sake", I question the execution of the film. Would the same themes have worked even better if the film was presented in a tighter, less aimless way? Will this thus increase its watchability, which will inturn punctuate the accessiblity and resonance of its message? I tend to lean towards a 'yes'.

IMHO, the film's well intended ideals were sadly wasted. Its arthouse facade conveniently excused its inability to salvage or explain its misdirection. Gently put, to me, this is a film that could have been. That and my frank admission that art house works triggers myriad responses from its perception varied audience(much like yours and mine).

Such, glad that there are people out there who liked the film. But for me, it failed to work its magic.


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