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Patrick Timsit ...
Nounours
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Gérard Delvaux
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Francis
Caroline Proust ...
Fanny
Mehdi El Glaoui ...
Jeannot (as Mehdi)
Christophe Peyroux ...
Michel
Marie Trintignant ...
Juge Lambert
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Claudine Delvaux
Fabienne Tricottet ...
Nathalie
Philippe Magnan ...
Donnadieu
Kevin Goffette ...
Stéphane
Audrey Alexandre ...
Soraya
Albane Alexandre ...
Emilie
Jean-Michel Noirey ...
Philippe
Pascale Vignal ...
Sylvie
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Nounours is the nickname of a "cousin" an informer with a special arrangement with the police: he gets 10% of the drugs seized thanks to his help. When his personal contact, inspector Maurin, commits suicide, inspector Gérard Delvaux takes over. Meanwhile, judge Lambert is uncovering the illegal practices of the policemen. Her persistent investigations, which had cornered Maurin, are leading to Gérard, and also to Nounours as the source of heroin that led to recent cases of deadly overdoses. Nounours promises Gérard increasingly bigger catches which he is intent on realising before he is forced to reveal who Nounours is to judge Lambert. Written by Eduardo Casais <eduardo.casais@nokia.com>

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Relatively Speaking
18 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

There may be a term paper in just how many words exist in Parisian slang for 'informer', or, more pertinently, how many have been used as movie titles - offhand I recall 'La Balance' with the superb Nathalie Baye and here we have Alain Corneau returning to his old stamping ground, the 'polar'. Corneau has a long way to go to eclipse the three great 'polars' he made with Yves Montand - 'Police Python 357', 'Le Menace' and 'Le Choix des Armes', but he gives this entry the old college try, steps up to the plate and hits one out of the park. Buffs with 1)long memories or 2)a healthy video/DVD collection may be slightly bemused by the presence of Samuel Le Bihan as a good cop not least because of his exceptionally strong facial resemblance to Peter Graves, who played the heavy (nazi spy passing as American in the POW camp) in Billy Wilder's 1954 entry 'Stalag 17' and even a short memory will suffice to peg Timsit doing a Joe Pesci. These cavils to one side this is an excellent throwback (made in 1998) to an all-but-forgotten genre. Catch it if you can, you'll thank me, believe me.


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